Haworthia attenuate

Almost everyone is familiar with and has probably grown some species of Haworthia. (There are about 160 species, most of which are very decorative plants.) H. attenuata , like all Haworthias, is native to South Africa. It has been cultivated since the early 19th century. It is a very variable species. The dense rosettes of thick leaves arranged in several rows and often covered with small white tubercles are typical. The upright, simple or branched inflorescences are not particularly attractive, but the leaves are far more decorative. Those of H. attenu-ata are 7 cm (2 ¾ in) long and 15 mm (0.5 in) wide, sharply pointed, with white, occasionally green, tubercles, arranged in horizontal bands.

It is a fairly easy plant to grow. Normal room temperature is sufficient for good growth, but it will tolerate higher temperatures. Water frequently in summer. Watering the soil is better than spraying, as the leaves tend to rot easily. The more light the plant has, the stiffer the leaves and the whiter the tubercles. Restrict watering in winter. If provided with the proper conditions Haworthias are long-lived plants. They readily produce side-shoots which makes propagation easy.

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