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Haworthiopsis attenuata (Zebra Plant)


Scientific Name

Haworthiopsis attenuata (Haw.) G.D.Rowley

Common Names

Zebra Plant, Zebra Haworthia


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

Scientific Classification

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


Haworthiopsis attenuata, formerly known as Haworthia attenuata, is a stemless clustering perennial succulent up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The rosettes are up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, with 30 to 40 dark green leaves, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long with white tubercles. The Inflorescence is up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall and flowers are white with green veins.


USDA hardiness zone 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, however, east or west provide direct sun part of the day that I find more suitable.

During the growing season from April to September 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 top soil to dry out.

Use a cactus potting mix that drains wells and provides plenty of air to the small roots. If making you own mix or buying another type, use part potting soil, part perlite and part sand…. – See 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 autumn when the plant is not actively growing… – See more at: How to Remove Offsets From a Zebra Plant


Haworthiopsis attenuata is native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).

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