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Haworthiopsis glauca var. herrei

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Scientific Name

Haworthiopsis glauca var. herrei (Poelln.) G.D.Rowley

Synonyms

Haworthia herrei (basionym), Haworthia armstrongii, Haworthia eilyae, Haworthia glauca var. herrei, Haworthia jacobseniana, Haworthia jonesiae, Haworthia reinwardtii var. herrei

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Haworthiopsis glauca var. herrei is a small, leaf-succulent branching at the base to form clumps of leaf rosettes on elongated stems. The leaves are dark green to grey-green, lanceolate and keeled, tapering gradually to acutely pointed tips. The surfaces rough from a covering of scattered tubercles and sometimes a couple of longitudinal lines along the upper surface. The inflorescence stands up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall. Its single raceme is up to 5.2 inches (13 cm) and bears from 13 to 20 white, spirally arranged flowers.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Haworthia are not considered difficult houseplants to grow. If you can keep a pot of Aloe alive on a windowsill, chances are you can do the same with a dish of Haworthia. As with all succulents, the most dangerous situation is too much water. They should never be allowed to sit in water under any circumstances. At the same time, these decorative little plants can be grown in interesting containers such as tea cups and even miniature baby shoes. If you’re given a Haworthia in such a container, make sure the container had adequate drainage. If it doesn’t, it might be a good idea to pop the plant out of its container and add a layer of gravel to the bottom to reduce the wicking action of the soil above. Finally, look out for sunburned spots on your plants.

Haworthia are small, usually remaining between 3 and 5 inches (7.5 cm and 12.5 cm) in height, and relatively slow-growing. They are often grown in small clusters in wide, shallow dishes. Over time, clusters will naturally enlarge as the mother plant sends off small plantlets… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Haworthia

Origin

Haworthiopsis glauca var. herrei is native to South Africa (mainly in the south-eastern Karoo from Willowmore to Jansenville).

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