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PlantFiles: Haworthia
Haworthia attenuata

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Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Haworthia (ha-WORTH-ee-a) (Info)
Species: attenuata (at-ten-yoo-AY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Haworthia attenuata var. attenuata
Synonym:Haworthia attenuata var. deltoidea
Synonym:Haworthia attenuata var. linearis
Synonym:Apicra attenuata
Synonym:Aloe clariperla

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Foliage:
Variegated
Veined

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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7 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive nmcnear On May 11, 2011, nmcnear from Novato, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant grows very well outdoors in the San Francisco Bay Area, handling our brief dips into the upper 20s during winter with no damage damage at all. Care is minimal - I simply water these plants a few times during the summer when the weather is particularly dessicating, and repot them every two to three years. During the fall, winter, and spring, they get all the water they need from rain - be sure to use quick-draining soil so they don't become waterlogged! I grow my mine on an east-facing deck with overhead protection - the plants get direct sunlight from sunrise to about 2:00 pm, then bright shade after that. They get sunburned in full sun, but might be able to adapt over time in some areas.

Positive Spill On Apr 12, 2011, Spill from Mesa, AZ wrote:

Still having difficulty differentiating between "fasciata" and "attenuata," but they are one tough little plant. Any observations on why some have dried out tips?

Neutral htop On Feb 13, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

The amount of sunlight it can withstand without scorching depends upon the how hot it becomes in the summer in the locale in which it is planted. It will have more color if it receives more light. During the spring in the warmer Hardiness Zones, it may be able to take full 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. There really isn't a detail in the list above to select that really spells this out. Also, if it is a species that is dormant in the winter, it requires very little water (maybe even none) duriing the cold months.

Anyone not familiar with its cultivation (which I wasn't until a week ago) needs to research information on growing and/or propagating techniques because a haworthia requires special care that is too detailed to list here. There are many sites that give great detailed information. Just search for "haworthia cultivation". Once one knows about its growing habits and requirements, most haworthia are easy to grow.

Neutral MNEVEN On Aug 10, 2004, MNEVEN from New Port Richey, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have a Haworthia for many years and its looks weak. The room I had it in up north had bright light, and it always look beautiful. In FL, I have it in my bedroom where the light is lower in the afternoon and the room is white. The light suggestions in this database is "light shade". I disagree.

Positive henryr10 On Dec 19, 2003, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I got mine in very severe distress.
The pot had a VERY small drainage hole and it was well on the way to total rot.
As a last resort I tore out the rotted center and repotted.
I then placed it in filtered sun and didn't water for weeks.
Surprisingly, 3 months later, the plant has not only revived but the center regrew and divided. Also 5 pups have now started.
A truly tough plant!

Positive sudsyman On Oct 9, 2003, sudsyman wrote:

This plant is really pretty and easy (so far) to care for. I recently repotted mine though and found it has root rot. How is it meant to be cared for? How can I ease it out of root rot? Help? How should it be potted? Watering habits? Whatnot? It's quite neat!
Please help me: S_McK73@yahoo.com

Positive Happenstance On Sep 19, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Haworthia attenuata multiplies prolifically by offsetting. The offsets can be pulled off and planted/potted seperately or left to form a large clump. In shade the body color will remain mostly green, while full sun will darken it and give it red/brown body color. Can be sunburned if moved from shade/greenhouse into full sun too quickly.

Tubercles are "spotted" on the upper surface of the leaves. The lower surface of the leaves have transverse bands of tubercles. Flowers are white w/green keels.

This is not the same Haworthia as the "Zebra Haworthia" which has smooth upper surfaces to its leaves.

Positive jen_nate On Aug 25, 2003, jen_nate from Saint Marys, PA wrote:

This plant is interesting because it's like a Cactus and Aloe together. I'm not sure why the tips of mine turn brown or yellowish, other ones that I know of did this and then dissappeared. Maybe it's too hot for it in the window and it doesn't need such direct light.

Positive dawnmg On Mar 3, 2003, dawnmg wrote:

Does well potted outside in zones 9-10. Can be ever blooming if you snip off each bloom when it dies. I see two different colors listed for this plant. I have only owned the yellow blossomed one. Bring indoors when temps. drop below 70 degrees.

Neutral tiredwabbit On Nov 27, 2001, tiredwabbit from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Most succulents do not need to be watered like your average houseplant. If you water or over water these succulents to much they will most likely wind up with root rot. So be very careful not to let them sit in any excess water and do not water again until dry!

Neutral euphorbrom On Aug 23, 2001, euphorbrom from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9A) wrote:

Very easy, and common. Offsets appear at the base; leave them atttached to form a cluster, or wait until they are 1/3 the size of the parent and then detach and plant. Native to South Africa and a distant relative of aloes.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Mesa, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Bonsall, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Los Angeles, California (2 reports)
Novato, California
San Lorenzo, California
Vista, California
Umatilla, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Cumberland, Maryland
Livonia, Michigan
Poughkeepsie, New York
Saint Marys, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Portland, Texas
Quilcene, Washington



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