Haworthiopsis tortuosa 'Variegata'
Accepted Scientific Name
Haworthiopsis tortuosa (Haw.) Gildenh. & Klopper
Haworthia tortuosa f. variegata, Haworthia tortuosa 'Variegata', Haworthiopsis tortuosa f. variegata
This succulent is a form of Haworthiopsis tortuosa selected for its variegated foliage.
Haworthiopsis tortuosa 'Variegata', formerly known as Haworthia tortuosa 'Variegata', is a small succulent that forms elongated rosettes of dull green leaves banded or spotted with creamy-white or yellow varying amounts of variegation. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. Leaves are thick, rough, sometimes with small tubercles. Flowers are white and appear in spring and summer on an up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall inflorescence.
The formal epithet "variegata (var-ee-GAY-tuh)" is the feminine form of "variegatus," meaning "variegated" or "having a pattern of different colors or marks."
How to Grow and Care for Haworthiopsis tortuosa 'Variegata'
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 tortuosa 'Variegata' 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 Haworthiopsis thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. Water your plants less during the winter when their growth slows down significantly. During the hottest summer months, when Haworthiopsis are mostly dormant, water just enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Fertilizing: Haworthiopsis are slow-growing succulents, and they do not require much fertilizer. Therefore, 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 tortuosa 'Variegata'
Haworthiopsis species are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.
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