Tulista opalina (M.Hayashi) Breuer
Accepted Scientific Name
Tulista minor (Aiton) Gideon F.Sm. & Molteno
Formerly treated as separate species, this rare succulent is now considered a synonym of Tulista minor. It is native to South Africa (a small area on the farm Brandrivier between Garcia's Pass and Barrydale in Western Cape).
Tulista opalina, formerly known as Haworthia opalina, is an attractive small succulent that forms a rosette of thick, fleshy, stiff, light green leaves covered with glossy transparent tubercles. The rosette slowly grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter and usually remains solitary. Flowers are white with pink tips and appear in summer.
The specific epithet "opalina" derives from the Latin "opalus," meaning "opal," and refers to the glossy transparent tubercles.
How to Grow and Care for Tulista opalina
Light: Tulistas tolerate full sun, but they prefer semi-shaded positions. Any window in your home or office is likely to be an appropriate setting for Tulistas.
Soil: Use a commercial soil formulated for succulents or make your own well-draining potting mix.
Hardiness: Tulista opalina 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 Tulistas 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 Tulistas are mostly dormant, water just enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Fertilizing: Tulistas do not require much fertilizer. However, for optimum growth, fertilization is a good idea. Feed during the growing season with a weak fertilizer solution. Do not fertilize during the winter.
Repotting: When it begins to outgrow its pot, repot your Tulista in a new shallow and slightly larger pot with fresh soil. The best time to repot is in the spring or early summer.
Propagation: Using seeds or offsets are the most frequently used methods.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Tulista.
Toxicity of Tulista opalina
Tulistas are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.
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