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PlantFiles: Haworthia
Haworthia emelyae var. major

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Haworthia (ha-WORTH-ee-a) (Info)
Species: emelyae var. major

Synonym:Haworthia magnifica var. major
Synonym:Haworthia wimii
Synonym:Haworthia schuldtiana var. major
Synonym:Haworthia maraisii var. major

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Jan 25, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Haworthia emelyae major is a newcomer to my garden, planted in March 2014. It survived the summer well, adding pups. It has now survived it's first winter, which included freeze down to 26F. The plant was heavily covered with downed tree leaves during the freeze and shows no sign of damage or stress. It grows in partial shade that is relatively dense in summer. It is watered once-a-month, but also receives some soil moisture from nearby every-two-week irrigation.

Neutral htop On Feb 15, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Japanese cultivar has very variable leaf colors with the predominant tone being pink accompanied by white, red, burgandy, violet and clear green. It must be grown in semi-shade avoiding exposure to direct sunlight; otherwise, the foliage will be gray to almost white. The leaves are more elongated and have more pronounced bristles than Haworthia emelyae var emelyae.

If you are not familiar with its cultivation, research information on growing and/or propagating techniques because a haworthia requires special care that is too detailed to list here.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
Vista, California

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