A slow growing succulent from southern Africa, Haworthia limifolia is a rosette forming plant that will clump over time.
It grows naturally in the shade of other plants in very well drained (rocky) soil. As with most of the Haworthia genus, H. limifolia makes an excellent indoor plant for a number of reasons.
It does not require direct sun, it does not need added humidity and it can live for long periods without water in the right conditions.
It is the ridges on the foliage that give it the common name of Fairies Washboard.
If you use a fast free draining growing medium and keep the plant away from direct sun it will present few problems. A frost free position is essential.
- Where to Grow
You can grow Haworthia limifolia indoors in a brightly lit position away from direct sun.
Deep water in summer, allowing the growing medium to dry out before watering again.
A general-purpose slow release fertiliser applied when repotting should be adequate.
For best results repot every second year in a specialist cactus and succulent potting mix.
Very easy from offsets, also possible from seed.
- Botanical Name – Haworthia limifolia
- Common Name – Fairy Washboard.
- Family –
- Origin – South, Africa, Swaziland and Namibia.
- Position – Morning sun, filtered light to light shade,
- Height – To 12 cm (5 inches)
- Growth rate – Slow to Medium
- Flowers – White
- Flowering time – Late winter to spring.
- Foliage – Green and ribbed.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Drought tolerant – Medium
The plant is regarded as being non toxic to both cats and dogs.
Haworthia limifolia is available for sale from the following nurseries
Succulent nursery for drought hardy plants. Includes: Adenium, Agave, Alluadia, Aloe, Anecampseros, Crassula, Euphorbia, Gasteraloe, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Ledebouria, Portulacaria, Sedum, Senecio and many others.