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Haworthiopsis fasciata (Zebra Plant)

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Scientific Name

Haworthiopsis fasciata (Willd.) G.D.Rowley

Common Names

Zebra Plant, Zebra Haworthia

Synonyms

Aloe fasciata (basionym), Apicra fasciata, Catevala fasciata, Haworthia fasciata, Haworthia pumila subsp. fasciata

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Haworthiopsis fasciata, formerly known as Haworthia fasciata, is a small succulent up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. The leaves are triangular-shaped and green with narrow, crested, white strips on the outside. At the end of the leaf is a non acute spine. The white flowers appear in summer on the end of an long inflorescence. The species has similar markings to Haworthiopsis attenuata. The two are therefore frequently confused with each other. This succulent is rare in cultivation. Most plants that are labelled as H. fasciata are actually H. attenuata.

Hardiness

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 top soil to dry out.

Use a potting mix for succulents 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.

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

Origin

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

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