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  Alöe haworthioides var. haworthioides
 
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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)
Stem: Stemless
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 white spines.

Uses:

  • Gardening: It is a low maintenance gem from Madagascar that is perfect for the bright windowsill. This rugged and easily grown succulent 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.

Family: Asphodelaceae

Scientific name:  Aloe haworthioides var. haworthioides Baker

OriginEndemic 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.

Synonyms:

  • 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 germinate quickly at 18°C.


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