A small sophisticated plant perfect for a sunny spot
The evergreen succulent Haworthia is also known as the Zebra cactus, for its magnificent stripes. These star-shaped beauties love an east or west-facing window!
Haworthia has also been known as the pearl plant, the star window plant, or the cushion aloe.
Like many succulents, they make easy-care houseplants that enjoy bright indirect light, and can only receive direct sunlight in the morning, as strong afternoon sun could burn their foliage.
Key Benefits of the Haworthia
The Haworthia is a good-looking plant; pearls, stars and zebra are a pretty cool combination of namesakes, after all.
Less is more when it comes to watering the Haworthia 'Zebra'! Like many other succulents, they are undemanding and will require only a small amount of water but the soil should not be allowed to dry out completely between watering.
In winter, they will require far less and less often watering - however, make sure the Haworthia gets adequate moisture during the hot summer days.
The three things to avoid when caring for your Haworthia are overwatering, too much direct light, or too much fertiliser. Take it easy and you’re good to go!
The Haworthia Plant Story
Where is it from?
Haworthia Attenuata or the Zebra Cactus is a species of evergreen succulents native to the Eastern Cape in South Africa.
Who is the Haworthia?
The Zebra Haworthia is a member of the Howerthiopsis family and is also related to Aloe. Given the right conditions, Haworthia will bloom in summer, producing a long stem and a few pale pink flowers. In the wild, they naturally grow in large clumps. The Zebra Haworthia can be propagated in the same way as Aloe plants; let the wound heal and dry out for a couple of days before replanting. Water well once and leave, avoiding excess moisture.
Problem #1 Why are my Haworthia leaves curling?
Curling leaves on a Haworthia Zebra indicates that your plant is thirsty and underwatered! Water a little more often and they should return to normal. Wait for any dead leaves to dry out before cutting them away.
Problem #2 Why are my Haworthia leaves yellow?
Are you keeping your potting mix wet at the surface? Let it dry out a little before the next water. Yellow leaves could be a sign of root rot, so water less and the plant should recover.
Problem #3 Why are my Haworthia leaves brown or red at the tips?
This could be a sign of underwatering or over-compacted soil. Loosen up the soil when you next repot and make sure you are using a sufficiently well-draining potting mix with gravel or perlite.
Is the Haworthia the right plant for me?
The Zebra Haworthia looks great, with its star-shaped rosette of leaves and wacky white stripes.
You’ve read about the simple tips to avoid overwatering and underwatering, too much sun, and too much light. With this basic knowledge, the Haworthia can suit almost anyone as it is a super easy houseplant to care for and is non-toxic to pets and children.