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Haworthiopsis pungens


Scientific Name

Haworthiopsis pungens (M.B.Bayer) Boatwr. & J.C.Manning


Haworthia pungens, Tulista pungens

Scientific Classification

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


This species is native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).


Haworthiopsis pungens, formerly known as Haworthia pungens, is a small succulent that forms rosettes of smooth, rigid, and sharp-pointed leaves. The rosettes grow up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter and offset around the base to form a cluster that can get up to 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter. Green or grey-green leaves turn darker and reddish when exposed to full sun. Flowers are greenish-white and appear on slender, up to 1 foot (30 cm) long stalks from summer to fall.

The specific epithet "pungens" derives from a Latin word meaning "sharp-pointed" and refers to the leaves.

How to Grow and Care for Haworthiopsis pungens

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 pungens can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: The best way to water these plants is to use the "soak and dry" method. In the winter, reduce watering to once per month. Never allow water to sit on the rosette.

Fertilizing: Haworthiopsis are slow-growing succulents, and they do not require much fertilizer. 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 pungens

Haworthiopsis species are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.


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