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HAWORTHIA fasciata 'Big Band'

Image of Haworthia fasciata 'Big Band'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HAWORTHIA fasciata 'Big Band'

Plant Common Name

Big Band Haworthia, Haworthia

Special Notice

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General Description

This ornate cultivar of haworthia produces more prominent bumpy, raised white bands on the pointy, dark green leaves. 'Big Band' resembles an ocean anemone or urchin found in a coral reef, but with stripes like a zebra. This frost-tender, succulent perennial is native to south-central South Africa. It develops into a clump containing numerous small rosettes with a fleshy, fibrous root system.

The slender, rigid, upright leaves are deltoid-shaped in cross-section. Bumpy ridges (comprised of numerous tubercles) occur in bands on the outsides of the leaves in the rosette. On the upper or inner leaf sides, there are no tubercles (unlike that of the close-resembling Haworthia attenuata). Anytime in summer, the largest, most mature plants in the clump produce a long, whip-like stem. Tiny white flowers occur on the stems high above the foliage.

Grow 'Big Band' in any sandy, fast-draining soil that is barely moist to dry. A non-acidic soil is ideal. Although tolerant of partial sun, excessive sun exposure causes leaves to blush reddish orange or leaves to scald and die. A partially shaded location is best, such as with brief morning sun followed by very bright, indirect light the rest of the day. Wet soil quickly leads to rot, especially during chilly winter months. Low ambient humidity is always needed. Outdoors where hardy, use this haworthia as a shady rock garden accent or in patio containers. A clump of them also grows easily and well as houseplants in bright, filtered light. Avoid over-watering the sandy potting soil when grown indoors, and keep the air moving freely among the leaves.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    12, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    3"-5" / 7.6cm - 12.7cm

  • Width

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Southern Africa, South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Dark Green

  • 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