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Haworthiopsis attenuata var. radula (Hankey Dwarf Aloe)


Scientific Name

Haworthiopsis attenuata var. radula (Jacq.) G.D.Rowley

Common Names

Hankey Dwarf Aloe


Haworthia attenuata var. radula, Aloe radula (basionym), Aloe rugosa, Apicra radula, Catevala radula, Catevala rugosa, Haworthia pumila subsp. radula, Haworthia radula, Haworthia rugosa

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Haworthiopsis


Haworthiopsis attenuata var. radula, formerly known as Haworthia attenuata var. radula, is an evergreen, succulent plant up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The rosettes are close to the soil, up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter and offset to form a clump. The leaves are green to brownish, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long and up 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide and densely covered with white tubercles on both sides. The flowers are white with reddish-brown veins and appear on a thin and branched inflorescence up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall.


USDA hardiness zones 10a to 10b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Display Zebra Plant anywhere it can receive plenty of sun or bright light. South-facing windows will provide the most sun.

During the growing season water the Zebra Plant thoroughly and then water when the soil becomes dry to the touch (not bone dry though). Winter is a tricky time for these plants although they are a tough species. Many growers will overwater then alongside cold temperatures or drafts the plant can become very sick or even die. The leaves are storage organs so during the winter water much less and allow the topsoil to dry out.

Use a potting mix for succulents that drains wells and provides plenty of air to the small roots. If making your own mix or buying another type, use part potting soil, part perlite, and part sand.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Zebra Plant.

The offshoots provide a simple and highly effective means of propagating new Zebra Plants if they are carefully removed and potted in a suitable growing mix. However, they should only be removed in spring or fall when the plant is not actively growing.

Learn more at How to Remove Offsets From a Zebra Plant.


Haworthiopsis attenuata var. radula is native to an area around Hankey, a small town in South Africa (Eastern Cape).


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