Haworthia tortuosa forma variegata
This plant forms nice stacks of pale grey-green variegated triangular
leaves on upright stems.
Description: This is a
small leaf succulent, which forms characteristic series of leaves
arranged in spiral along the stem. Daughterly rosettes are abundantly
formed at the base of the older plants.
Stem: Up to 20 cm tall.
Leaves: Dark blue-green with grey variegated lines (The base of
leaves may redden a little ) 2-3 cm long, 0,7-1,3 cm wide, and up to 0,4
cm thick, triangular in section. They are rough, or slightly
verruculose. Cilias are absent
Flowers: Whitish. The flower's Structure, colour and fruits are
typical of the genus.
Cultivation: This is one of the
choicest variegated haworthias.
It needs regular water, but do not water again until dry.
Also, it is a
species that is dormant in the winter and requires very little water
(maybe even none) during the cold months.
Frost Tolerance: Light frost protection
Minimum of 5º
C for safe growing (but hardy up to -5°C or
less.). Sun Exposure:
Some shade is also in order;
it can be
sunburned if moved from shade/greenhouse into full sun too quickly. The
amount of sunlight it can withstand without scorching depends upon
how hot it becomes in the summer in the location in which it is planted.
It will have more colour if it receives more light.
During the spring it
may be able to take some sun until the heat arrives at the end of
spring. In an area that has hot afternoon sun, it may be able to take
full morning sun, but requires afternoon shade or afternoon light shade.
Propagation: Usually by seeds or offsets that appear at the
base between the
attached until they are 1/3 the size of the parent and then detach and
Asphodelaceae (Aloacee - Liliaceae)
Haworthia tortuosa Haw. forma
Garden origin (Nursery
- Aloe pseudorigida Salm-Dyck [≡
Haworthia tortuosa var. pseudorigida]
- Aloe tortuosa Haw.
- Aloe rigida Ker.
- Apicra tortuosa Willd. p.p.
- Apicra subtortuosa Spreng.
Notes: For Southern Africa, this taxon is
synonym of : Haworthia viscosa (L.) Haw. var. viscosa
The leaves of this little botanical treasure
arranged in spirals.