Haworthiopsis attenuata (Haw.) G.D.Rowley
Zebra Haworthia, Zebra Plant
Aloe attenuata, Apicra attenuata, Catevala attenuata, Haworthia attenuata, Haworthia pumila subsp. attenuata, Haworthiopsis attenuata var. attenuata
Native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).
Haworthiopsis attenuata, formerly known as Haworthia attenuata, is an attractive, low-growing succulent that forms rosettes of fleshy, dark green leaves with white tubercles. It offsets readily to form clumps. The rosettes grow up to up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. Flowers are white with green veins and appear on up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall inflorescences, typically from spring to fall, but indoors, they can blossom at any time of the year.
The specific epithet "attenuata" is taken from the Latin "attenuatus," meaning "tapered," referring to the leaves that narrow gradually to the tip.
This popular succulent is very similar to and often confused with Haworthiopsis fasciata. However, it can easily be distinguished by its white tubercles, which occur on both upper and lower surfaces of leaves, while H. fasciata has tubercles only on the underside.
How to Grow and Care
Light: Even though most species can tolerate full sun, these succulents thrive in semi-shaded positions. However, brighter light conditions are needed to bring out the leaf coloration.
Soil: Plant your Haworthiopsis in a commercial soil formulated for succulents or make your own well-draining potting mix.
Hardiness: Haworthiopsis attenuata can tolerate temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.
Watering: The best way to water these plants is to use the "soak and dry" method. In the winter, reduce watering to once per month. Never allow water to sit on the rosette.
Fertilizing: Haworthiopsis are slow-growing succulents, and they do not require much fertilizer. Feed only with a dilute fertilizer and only from spring to fall.
Repotting: When the plant has outgrown its container, repot in the spring or early summer into a new slightly larger pot with fresh soil.
Propagation: Haworthiopsis are mostly and easily grown from stem cuttings or by removing offsets from the mother plant.
Toxicity: Haworthiopsis species are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthiopsis.
Varieties, Forms, and Cultivars
- Haworthiopsis attenuata var. clariperla
- Haworthiopsis attenuata var. radula
- Haworthiopsis attenuata f. variegata
- Haworthiopsis attenuata 'Crazed Glaze'
- Back to genus Haworthiopsis
- Succulentopedia: Browse succulents by Scientific Name, Common Name, Genus, Family, USDA Hardiness Zone, Origin, or cacti by Genus
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