Haworthiopsis sordida (Haw.) G.D.Rowley
Aloe sordida, Catevala sordida, Haworthia agavoides, Haworthia scabra subsp. sordida, Haworthia scabra var. sordida, Haworthia sordida, Haworthia sordida var. sordida
This species is native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).
Haworthiopsis sordida, formerly known as Haworthia sordida, is a slow-growing succulent that forms stemless, usually solitary rosettes of very dark green leaves. The rosettes grow up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. New leaves are finely tubercled and curve outward, while older ones are more erect and almost without tubercles. Flowers are white and appear on long slender stalks from late winter to early summer.
The specific epithet "sordida" derives from the Latin word "sordidus," meaning "dirty or unclean," and refers to the accumulated dust on the leaf surfaces.
How to Grow and Care for Haworthiopsis sordida
Light: Even though most species can tolerate full sun, Haworthiopsis thrive in semi-shaded positions. Any window in your home or office will likely be an appropriate setting for H. sordida.
Soil: Plant your H. sordida in a commercial soil mix specially formulated for succulents or make your own well-draining potting mix.
Hardiness: Haworthiopsis like warmer temperatures in the summer but cool in the winter. H. sordida 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 H. sordida 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: Haworthiopsis are slow-growing succulents and do not require much fertilizer. Therefore, feed only with a dilute fertilizer and only from spring to fall.
Repotting: When H. sordida has outgrown its container, repot it into a new, slightly larger pot with fresh soil in the spring or early summer.
Propagation: Haworthiopsis are mostly and easily grown from stem cuttings or by removing offsets from the mother plant. Remove offsets and stem cuttings during the warmer months. H. sordida can also be propagated by seeds. Sow the seeds in spring.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthiopsis.
Toxicity of Haworthiopsis sordida
Haworthiopsis species are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.
Varieties of Haworthiopsis sordida
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