We have some Haworthias (Hawgs). These come from many sources. We've been importing from Japan, Europe and Africa as well as from the box stores, eBay and great commercial growers in the USA.
Here's an Altman plant I got at HD a year ago. This is what it looked like in Jan 2007.
We call it the Altman 'Black Comptoniana' clone and it was one of those $1.95 specials. I was amazed that it survived the drowning it had received from winter rain and everyday watering at HD.
There are over 15 comptoniana clones in the collection. Most of them are distinctly different. The 'Black Comptoniana' clones (I was lucky enough to get 2 ) are the blackest of all the "black comptonianas" we have or have seen. Its blackness is not so obvious here..it really began to show. later.
Here' a photoshop special effect to that image. Maybe it should have fossilized after all that water it got at HD in the rain and with the Colorado River water minerals in HD's water - it might have looked like this :>)
Very nice collection. Thanks for sharing those! I have bought several hawarthia over the years and always kill them. : ( I think they require a bit more water than cactus and I tend to forget that? Anyhow, mine usually end up looking like brown skeletons of their former selves!
Thank you Laura. the pictas are difficult to get because they are like the 'Painted Ladies' with jewels of the succulent world. Pictas are the ones that are most often hybridized with interest and popularity worldwide. It can be grown anywere.in the world in very little space.
Thank you Cactuspatch. They can be somewhat more high maintenance than many succulents. I lost quite a few in years past. I find many that do better outdoors and are much less maintenance in the ground.
Beautiful plants Bob. Love the photos of Haworthias with translucent tips...the way the light passes through Haworthia cooperi cv 'Yae Yae' is magical! I really like the wooly tips of the H. arachnoidia and H. aranea too (their own sunscreen I guess?)
I have been slow with Haworthias too, only one noid from Lowes (cymbiformis I think) and several eternally offsetting Haworthia attenuata (can't seem to kill that one with a stick.) I can see how the big variations in form could make Haworthias very addicting...the small size of these plants is appealing too.
Thank you so much for the comments.
Cooperii is magical. Some have translucent wine-colored symmetries inside and some seem to have silver flashings. One in the collection has had tiny snowballs, though I haven't noticed it lately. These create a snow-globe in micro-miniature. These with inclusions are very slow growing. They are best photographed while sun is low on the horizon and the plant between the camera and the light source.
At night white light from LED flashlight bring out other- worldly beauty from these amazing plants. All of the Haworthia flowers glitter with crystalline reflectors outlining details of the flower-parts.
Arachnoidia and aranea are both masters at making shade at the right time. At present arachnoidia are open with their tender inward tissue open and in a growth phase, while flowering. Often arachnoidia appears to have a singular web strand around the entire circumference at the top. We are pollinating several at present.
BTW, I have a few favorites of my own, though my ability to identify is not as good... but these have done well for me... this one is an unkown, but it's starting to flower now... has incredible color, though
The first of your images posted on this thread is H. turgida v. suberecta. It is a very fast prolific outdoor plant here and can take weather into the high 20's without much of a problem. It is one of the species used to make hanging Haworthia "Balls".
A huge and fast growing variegate measures over 10" across. It was repotted a year ago after being rescued from a heavily stressed and beat up condition. There are 4 offsets, all variegated and it is really taking off in early March on a phenomenal growth spurt.
H. limifolia cv 'Gigantea' fma variegata
Another giant - and a select cultivar of H. emelyae var. comptoniana with clear lines. This is among the largest 3, but overall the best of the large comptonianas in the collection. growing rapidly it is now over 7" wide and flowering - no offsets.
I can't get over sparkly textures of some of these, it makes me wonder why some of the species evolved that way. Looking at the pebbles you have as top dressing, I thought maybe the sparkly leaves would blend in with sunlight bouncing off pebbles on the ground surface, so it could be a sparkly camoflauge. I always think these look too ethereal to survive in a rugged natural setting, and your description of other-worldly is right on! Thanks for sharing these beauties with us.
Haworthias have become a major addiction. There is no cure.
Our Son gave me a LED headband light as a gift. He uses one when he goes on camp-out mountain hikes. I like to look at the Hawg. flowers at night under those bright lights. One day I will take the trouble to capture some of those flower images and post them here. They truly do appear to be from space. Your comment stimulated a thought that it may have something to do with being pollinator attractor. The crystalline reflectors probably reflect light to the sensitive eye of a flying insects and hummers. (One has to be reminded of the Conservation of Nature - a purpose for everything - (except Aloe mites, brown snails, and gophers)).
I've closed up the area we keep our breeding specimen, yet somehow humming birds will migrate there when the flowers are abundant. They become most prevalent in the late afternoon when sun rays are popping from the extreme western part of the side facing NW. There are hundreds if not thousands of flowers open at present in that closed room of the GH.