Fairy Washboard

Haworthiopsis limifolia

profile iconHaworthia limifolia
by Natalie-S (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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profile iconHaworthia limifolia
by Natalie-S (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Fairy Washboard is a charming succulent species with triangular green leaves arranged in a rosette. The leaves are ridged with white and have pointed tips. This is a relatively widespread species, with several known varieties, including arcana, gigantea, glaucophylla, keithii, striata and ubomboensis. Fairy Washboard is fairly simple to grow in the garden or in containers and is a popular houseplant. This species has been recently reclassified and now belongs to a genus called Haworthiopsis, which was previously included within Haworthia. So while you might see it referred to as Haworthia limifolia, the correct name is now Haworthiopsis limifolia.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Propagation

Division

Haworthia can be propagated at repotting time using offsets from the mother plant when it becomes crowded. When taking offsets, use a sharp knife or secateurs and cut as close to the mother stem as possible to including as many roots as possible, then allow the offset to dry briefly before re-potting it (similar to cuttings from other succulents). Pot the offsets in a small pot, using the same soil as the mother plant, put it a warm, bright spot, and make sure to adequately water.

Special features

Drought resistant

The plant need little water to survive and can go for extended periods without water.

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors, but needs strong light. Bright light, but not direct sunlight. White or yellow leaves usually signify too much sun.

Special features

Origin

Southern Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga

Natural climate

Semi arid

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Gravel, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

Can be grown in gardens or in pots for ornamental purposes. They make attractive decorative houseplants.

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free, but are susceptible to root rot if not allowed to dry out between waterings. Provide good drainage at all times.

Companion plants

Plant with other succulent species that have a similar climatic requirement.

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