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Haworthia's, the small relative of Aloe


I love Aloes and collect them, but loving them, will inevitably lead to the smaller relative, Haworthia. They do not take much space and a small rack or windowsill can house a fairly big collection. They grow from Autumn to Spring, resting in summer, do not require direct sunlight, rather bright light.

Haworthia emelyae var. emelyae

Haworthia bobii

Haworthia cooperi var. venusta

Above is just 3 examples, and for range of various forms, they are truly remarkable. Here are some more:

First 2 are different varieties of H. cooperi

Haworthia gracilis

What about some more?

Haworthia limifolia

Haworthia blackbeardiana

Haworthia truncata hybrid

And finally one of the bigger ones – H. pumila

Really a nice family to get into, if you just look at Aloe, Haworthia and another, Gasteria. Hope you enjoy the pictures. LT

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The Haworthia Blackbeardiana is the same shape as this
unnamed plant I bought for £1 at the Scout Sale, only mine is variegated. It still keeps turning brown. Will look up this species on Wikipaedia for clues.

18 Aug, 2012


Interesting blog ... nice pics. :o)

18 Aug, 2012


I love Haworthias. I've got a few myself. I like their flowers too.
Your H gracilis and H truncata look identical :o)

18 Aug, 2012


Hywel, yes something went wrong in translation LOL! I sorted that out with the correct plant! Luckily I could edit.

Diana, If it is a Haworthia, they rest in summer, and prefer bright light/little morning sun, rather than direct sun, grows from Autumn-Spring. LT

19 Aug, 2012


I'm glad you could sort the photos out.

It maybe something to do with the climate, but here the Haworthias grow mostly in summer when it's lightest, and the temps are in the 20s C. Our European winters are rather too cold and dark for them I think.
What do you think ? ... I don't know what the South African climate is like.

19 Aug, 2012


Yep, I guess I need to think a little broader. I still think when your temp hit high summer, they will slow down, not maybe a noticeable as here, but still. What happens is that many get new roots and old roots sort of act as nutrients by autumn (here), which means if you water too much in the wrong time, they can rot easily. But I also think your winters will be too dark/cold, so maybe we must say spring and autumn with high summer and high winter being slow.? Our winter temps are more like your 20s C, rarely going to 8 C or lower (morning), so they have an extended period here. If I transplant, I usually do it late summer, then you see those papery old roots and the new roots developing. LT

19 Aug, 2012

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