Haworthia fasciata

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Botanical Name
Haworthia fasciata
Asphodelaceae -

The Asphodel family.

ha-WORTH-ee-a fash-ee-AY-tuh
Common Name(s)
English: Zebra haworthia
Plant Group
  • Ground Cover A plant with a low-growing, spreading habit, grown specifically to cover the ground.
  • Succulent A plant having fleshy stems or leaves often adapted to dry conditions.
Plant Size
  • Very Small
    Tree3m to 4m
    Shrub25cm to 50cm
    Perennial/ground coverUp to 10cm
    Bulb10cm to 20cm
    SucculentUp to 5cm
  • Light or Dappled Shade Found below trees with sparse, open foliage. Ideal for the protection of herbaceous plants.
  • Partial Shade The area is in shade for part of the day and in full sun for part of the day.
  • Sun The area is in full sun for all or most of the day, all year round.
General Information
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate The plant is moderately adapted to arid conditions and can survive short periods of drought and high temperatures without extra water.
  • Evergreen Plants that have leaves all year round.
  • Frost: Half-hardy The plant is able to survive low temperatures and some frost but requires protection against severe frost.
  • Water Moderate These plants will need some extra watering compared to water-wise plants. Plant them together, in at least some shade and in a convenient proximity to the house so that grey water can be utilised during times of drought.
Specific Information

The leaves are straight and pointed, plain green on the inside and dotted or striped with white 'tubercules on the outside.

Haworthias belong to the aloe family. They tend to get lost in the garden so consider keeping them close to each other until they have formed clumps, in pockets in a rock garden or a special area set aside for very small plants. 

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Small, tubular, on long, thin stems.

  • Spring Plants will seldom bloom for the entire season as given in the list, but should flower during a period within these parameters.
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Growth Rate
  • Moderate to Fast Specifying growth rate can be very misleading as there is considerable variation of growth rate depending on type and species of plant, available water, supplementary feeding, mulching and general care, as well as the plants suitability and adaptability to the garden environment.
Plant Uses
  • Container Trees, shrubs and ornamental species that can adapt to growing in a restricted environment.
  • Edging A low growing plant that provides softness or definition to the edges of a bed or walkway.
  • Pot Plant A plant that needs a protected environment on a patio or indoors.
  • Rock Garden An area constructed of larger rocks, arranged naturally, to emphasise the use of stones as a main element. Generally plants used do not need a lot of care.
  • Suitable for smaller gardens Such plants do not have invasive root systems, remain small or controllable and can often be grown in containers.
  • Water Features These plants may have dramatic, lush foliage or graceful form. They do not shed excessive leaves and do not have invasive root systems.
  • Wild Garden An indigenous garden planted for the benefit of wildlife and birds. Provides food, water, a variety of mini-biomes and no poisonous chemicals are used.
Distribution and Habitat

Port Elizabeth to Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape Province, amongst stones, in stony soil and in spaces in grassy areas

Planting Suggestions

Plant in any well drained garden soil enriched with a very little compost if needed for a very poor or porous soil. I much mine very lightly between the rosettes with milled bark as they do not like to be buried at the base. As with many Haworthias, they like a little shade, the protection of a shrub if you get frost and a little regular water to show themselves at their best.

There are many different types of haworthia and a combination of them in a shallow container is always an attraction.

Medicinal Uses

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