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HAWORTHIA emelyae

Image of Haworthia emelyae

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HAWORTHIA emelyae

Plant Common Name

Haworthia

General Description

The leathery, fleshy leaves of Haworthia emelyae form succulent rosettes that resemble desert starfish. This frost-tender, perennial is native to southwestern South Africa. It grows from a fleshy, fibrous root system and slowly creates a cluster of plants in a mounded clump.

The plump, short leaves look triangular and emerge from the center of the rosette. Each leaf is bright to olive-green with crackled with veins of a contrasting shade. When subjected to drought stress or cold the green pigments blush red. Mature plants produce upright, wiry stems of tiny, tubular white flowers in late spring or summer.

Grow this haworthia in any sandy, fast-draining soil that is slightly moist during the growing season. Soil should be drier during the winter months. A non-acid soil is ideal. Partial sun to bright filtered shade is ideal. Excessive sun and very dry soil causes leaves to turn red, curl and eventually dry-out and die. Low ambient humidity is needed for best health. Plant this haworthia in frost-free shady rock gardens or patio containers. They also make great houseplants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    2"-3" / 5.1cm - 7.6cm

  • Width

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Southern Africa, South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive, Gray Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No