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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, formerly known as Haworthia glauca var. herrei, is a small succulent, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and branching at the base to form clumps of rosettes on elongated stems. Leaves are erect, dark green to grey-green, with pointed tips and ridges on outside. Inflorescence stands up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall. Its single raceme is up to 5.2 inches (13 cm) long 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

These succulents 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.

Haworthias 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. When the cluster has outgrown its dish, repot in the spring or early summer into a new wide and shallow dish with fresh potting soil. This is also the time to take offsets for propagation.

Learn 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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