Clumps of stubby or pointy turgid (and bubble wrap-esque, on some species) leaves with a resemblance similar to that of aloe, the Haworthia is a genus of about 150 species named after Adrian Haworth, a botanist who very enthusiastically identified about 60 of the known species. Much like aloes, Haworthias are a genus of succulents originating from Southern Africa except they have distinctive flowers that can’t be found on any other plant.
Depending on the species, Haworthias can grow up to a foot in diameter but max out in captivity at a diameter of approximately 3-6 inches. Haworthias can grow alone or in groups. Many species have firm leaves that are usually a shade of green, and opaque or slightly translucent. Their leaf translucence optimizes light intake to allow for photosynthesis in scarce lighting conditions since they can be commonly found growing among bushes or in between rocks in the wild.
Woof! A Haworthia!
Fido's got its back packed with this Haworthia fasciata
Caring for Haworthias is very similar to aloes -they do just fine with little attention. As such, Haworthias are very good plants for beginner succulent enthusiasts.
Lighting requirements involve bright, filtered natural light. Direct sun is optional but highly recommended at 2-4 hours a day.
Watering is similar to most succulents: about once every 2-3 weeks. Adjust for winter dormancy by watering every 6-8 weeks.
Soil conditions can be poor since Haworthias natively grow in rocky and sandy mediums. Naturally, fertilizing is unnecessary.
Haworthias are simple succulents. A few hours of light and a little bit of water will do the trick. They can tolerate lower light situations than a lot of other succulents, making them great indoor plants.
Overstressing may lead to plant demise, but a slight stressing with cold temperatures or extra light will turn the plants a desirable red or slight purple. They're very versatile as indoor plants since they can either take on shades of green plants in darker areas, or brighter, redder tinges with more light.