Haworthiopsis venosa (Lam.) G.D.Rowley
Aloe anomala, Aloe recurva, Aloe tricolor, Aloe venosa, Apicra anomala, Apicra recurva, Apicra tricolor, Catevala recurva, Catevala venosa, Haworthia distincta, Haworthia recurva, Haworthia venosa, Haworthia venosa subsp. recurva, Haworthia venosa subsp. venosa, Haworthia venosa var. oertendahlii
Haworthiopsis venosa, formerly known as Haworthia venosa, is small, slowly proliferous succulent with fleshy leaves arranged in usually stemless rosettes. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. Leaves are triangular, with the upper surface smooth with veins arranged in a net-like pattern and the lower surface usually slightly scabrid. They up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide. In the field, the leaves are always erect, while in cultivation, they tend to recurve. The margins of the leaves have white recurved teeth. Flowers are small, white with green midribs and appear in summer arranged in a raceme at the end of lax, sparsely branched, up to 20 inches (50 cm) long stalk.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
These succulents are not considered difficult houseplants to grow. If you can keep a pot of Aloe alive on a windowsill, chances are you can do the same with a dish of Haworthia. As with all succulents, the most dangerous situation is too much water. They should never be allowed to sit in water under any circumstances. At the same time, these small decorative plants can be grown in interesting containers such as teacups and even miniature baby shoes. If you're given a Haworthia in such a container, make sure the container had adequate drainage.
Haworthias are small, usually between 3 and 5 inches (7.5 cm and 12.5 cm) in height, and relatively slow-growing. They are often grown in small clusters in wide, shallow dishes. Over time, clusters will naturally enlarge as the mother plant sends off small plantlets. When the cluster has outgrown its dish, repot in the spring or early summer into a new wide and shallow dish with fresh potting soil. This is also the time to take offsets for propagation.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
This species is native to South Africa, where it occurs in the Breede River valley.
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