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Haworthia viscosa

With attractive foliage year round, Haworthia species provide a great deal of variety in small growing succulents. With fleshy foliage, often patterned with brown or white spots they make excellent container plants.

Most species are in active growth from fall through to spring, in summer when they are dormant the plants need a rest from watering. Related to Aloes, they have the same fleshy leaves. They look great in a container as a single specimen plant where they can show off their natural shape.

They can also be left to form a mass clump if desired. They vary in form from low growing types to those with elongated rosettesthat can reach 10 - 20 cm in height such as Haworthia viscosa (pictured right).

From South Africa, they grow over a wide area and diversity is large, over 70 named species. Even individual species come in a number of varieties with the popular Haworthia attenuata being available in at least 10 varieties.

The color of the foliage will depend on the amount and intensity of the sun.

Popular Haworthia species

Haworthia species growing in container

Like all groups of plants, some are seen as more desirable than others, and with Haworthia this is no different.

Some of the better known species include.

  • Haworthia attenuata
  • Haworthia fasciata
  • Haworthia reinwardtii
  • Haworthia truncata
  • Haworthia cymbiformis


The species can be propagated from seed.

You can also propagate by division of larger clumps. Best done when they are in active growth rather than in dormancy.

Haworthia are available for sale from the following specilaist nurseries.

Small, Pacific Northwest retail mail order specialty nursery. Our goal is to provide to the public quality, well-grown succulent plants at a reasonable and fair price. We also specialize in rare seed-grown Haworthias, a good selection of Echeverias, Lithops and cacti.