Haworthiopsis fasciata (Willd.) G.D.Rowley
Zebra Haworthia, Zebra Plant
Aloe fasciata, Apicra fasciata, Catevala fasciata, Haworthia fasciata, Haworthia pumila subsp. fasciata
This species is native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).
Haworthiopsis fasciata, formerly known as Haworthia fasciata, is a small succulent that forms rosettes of green triangular leaves lined with white bumps on the underside. It offsets readily to form clumps. The rosettes grow up to 7.2 inches (18 cm) tall and 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Flowers are white, tubular, and appear in summer at the end of slender, up to 1 foot (30 cm) long inflorescences.
H. fasciata is very similar to and often confused with Haworthiopsis attenuata which has tubercles on both upper and lower surfaces of leaves. H. fasciata is rare in cultivation, and many H. attenuata specimens are mislabelled as H. fasciata.
The specific epithet "fasciata" derives from the Latin "fascia," meaning "band or strip," and refers to the banded leaves.
How to Grow and Care for Haworthiopsis fasciata
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 fasciata can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.
Watering: In spring and fall, when the growth is most active, water Haworthiopsis thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. Water your plants less during the winter when their growth slows down significantly. During the hottest summer months, when Haworthiopsis are mostly dormant, water just enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Fertilizing: Haworthiopsis are slow-growing succulents, and they do not require much fertilizer. Therefore, 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthiopsis.
Toxicity of Haworthiopsis fasciata
Haworthiopsis species are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.
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