This is a wonderful miniature gem from Madagascar,
a touch of unusual symmetry.
Description: A. hawortioides
is a slow clumping leaf Succulent, that forms small compact rosettes
(approx 3-5 cm in diameter)
Leaves: Up to 4 cm long, thin, lanceolate, not rigid, dark green
with terminal spine and white small pustules and soft feathery bright
white marginal hairy spines.
Flowers: The flowers are fragrant pale pink or orange tubular
with extended filaments and inconspicuous on tall stems. Inflorescence
30 cm tall:
Blooming season: Late summer and autumn.
It has thin dark green leaves with small soft
var. haworthioides Baker
Endemic to mountain of central Madagascar.
Habitat: It grows in quartz in cracks in
the rocks or in cushion of Fimbristylis (a small colonist plant growing
after lichens and mosses that produce a black neutral or acidic humus
carpet, this becomes completely desiccated in the dry season)
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 1.
- Lemeea haworthioides,
- Aloinella haworthioides
This species has been used extensively in
hybridizing, and many of the plants labelled as A. hawortioides are
bastard, pure specimens are quite rare.
Cultivation: It is a low maintenance
succulent which is forgiving to sporadic attention. As a potted
specimen, it grows no more than 10 cm in height and happily remains in a
small container for years. It grows much better outdoors in spring and
summer, it is also perfect for the bright windowsill. Avoid any
frost, it will drop roots if chilled.
Reproduction: Usually by cuttings, it is
also possible the propagation from seed which germinates easily if sown
in well drained soil and covered lightly with fine sand. Seedlings grow
fast, reaching flowering size in three to four years.
Seeds must be sown as fresh as possible. Fresh seeds
quickly at 18°C.