Haworthiopsis scabra var. lateganiae (Poelln.) G.D.Rowley
Haworthia lateganiae, Haworthia scabra var. lateganiae, Haworthia starkiana var. lateganiae
This variety is native to South Africa. It occurs in white quartz outcrops around Oudemuragie in the Western Cape province.
Haworthiopsis scabra var. lateganiae, formerly known as Haworthia scabra var. lateganiae, is a small succulent that forms stemless rosettes of fleshy, smooth, shiny green leaves. The rosettes grow up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter, slowly producing offsets to form a clump. This variety is similar to Haworthiopsis scabra var. starkiana but has darker, dull green leaves in contrast to the bright yellow‑green of H. scabra var. starkiana. The leaves are also longer and more slender. Flowers are pinkish-white with grey-green keels and appear from late summer to early fall.
The varietal epithet "lateganiae (lat-ee-GAN-ee-ay)" honors Mrs. L. Lategan (fl. 1937), a farmer's wife in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa.
How to Grow and Care for Haworthiopsis scabra var. lateganiae
Light: H. scabra var. lateganiae thrives in semi-shaded positions. Brighter light conditions are needed to bring out the leaf coloration. Any window in your home or office will likely be an appropriate setting for this succulent.
Soil: Use a commercial potting soil mix formulated for succulents or make your own.
Temperature: This plant likes warmer temperatures in summer but cooler in winter. H. scabra var. lateganiae can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: In spring and fall, when the growth is most active, water H. scabra var. lateganiae thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. Water your plant less during the winter when its growth slows down significantly. During the hottest summer months, when this plant is mostly dormant, water just enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Fertilizing: H. scabra var. lateganiae is a slow-growing plant and does not require much fertilizer. However, for optimum growth, fertilization is a good idea. Feed only with a dilute fertilizer and only during the active growing season. Avoid summer fertilizing as this succulent is in a 6 to 8 weeks rest period.
Repotting: When the plant has outgrown its container, repot it into a new, slightly larger pot with fresh soil in the spring or early summer.
Propagation: H. scabra var. lateganiae is mostly and easily grown by removing offsets from the mother plant. Remove offsets when they have started developing their roots. Spring is the best time to sow the seeds.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthiopsis.
Toxicity of Haworthiopsis scabra var. lateganiae
H. scabra var. lateganiae is considered non-toxic to humans and animals.
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