Haworthia cooperi var. venusta (C.L.Scott) M.B.Bayer
Haworthia venusta (basionym)
Haworthia cooperi var. venusta is the beauty among other varieties of Haworthia cooperi. It is a slow growing, succulent plant that may form clumps. The leaves are fat, windowed, covered in silvery-white fuzz, with soft teeth and tips and up to 2 inches (5 cm) long.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
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How to Grow and Care
These succulents are not considered difficult houseplants to grow. If you can keep a pot of Aloe alive on a windowsill, chances are you can do the same with a dish of Haworthia. As with all succulents, the most dangerous situation is too much water. They should never be allowed to sit in water under any circumstances. At the same time, these decorative, little plants can be grown in interesting containers such as tea cups and even miniature baby shoes. If you're given a Haworthia in such a container, make sure the container had adequate drainage.
Haworthias are small, usually remaining between 3 and 5 inches (7.5 cm and 12.5 cm) in height, and relatively slow-growing. They are often grown in small clusters in wide, shallow dishes. Over time, clusters will naturally enlarge as the mother plant sends off small plantlets. When the cluster has outgrown its dish, repot in the spring or early summer into a new wide and shallow dish with fresh potting soil. This is also the time to take offsets for propagation.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
Haworthia cooperi var. venusta is native to South Africa.
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More About The Cushion Aloe Plant
This miniature succulent is natively from South Africa—precisely the entire region of Eastern Cape Province. Most gardeners fancy adding this houseplant to their collection for its lengthy mileage to adapt to all sorts of conditions and natural translucent appearance. The leaves are usually fleshy and hardly wither even under neglect. This varied cultivar belongs to the Asphodelaceae family and comes with fewer demands, so be sure that you won’t drain so much energy into nurturing it all the way to its maturity stage. Another stunning feature about this succulent is the leaves form a rosette pattern especially if you grow it in sandy soil. The leaves usually grow in a spherical or triangular-like shape, depending on the kind of cultivar you’re looking to purchase. Other names it commonly goes by are:
- Star window plant
- Window Haworthia
- Pearl plant
- Zebra cactus
- Cooper’s Haworthia
How Big Does It Grow?
Under typical growing conditions, your Cushion Aloe plant will grow up to 2″ inches tall. In other instances, your Haworthia succulent might attempt to reach 4 inches, but that would be possible if you’re optimally giving it all the basic nurturing requirements it needs. And when it’s summer, this succulent will bloom a few flowers which are supported by peduncles that measure about 12″ inches long. But these flowers are usually insignificant since they’re tiny and don’t produce any scent. It has short stems that sprout a few variegates leaves which spread across the base of the growing medium. Since the stems of this plant are transparent, light passes through quite easily, making the foliage have a radiant look.
Other Graceful Varieties
The Haworthia cooperi has about 13 species. But we’ll narrow down to the most popular and alluring ones. So here are a few other options that you might highly likely want to consider:
- Haworthia cooperi var. Venusta- You’ll probably want to grow this variety for its sharp and fluffy tips which add a fine level of detail to the entire rosette pattern. The leaves are a bit pale, compared to the Cushion Aloe, but they’re constantly gray-green and usually have some soft whitish-hair, no matter the season.
- Haworthia cooperi var. Trucanta- What you might like about this variety is its pleasing capacity to yield leaves that take the shape of balloons and grow in huge clusters quite profoundly. The leaves resemble grapes and appear translucent from all angles.
- Haworhia cooperi var. Dielsiana- Same as the Trucanta variety, this breed usually has globular leaves that are pale-green and survive harsh conditions. It’s, however, a slow-growing plant.
- Haworthia cooperi var. Picturata- The leaves of this plant have sharp tips, are yellow-green, and appear swollen most of the time. This attribute makes the Picturata have a spherical shape as it ages.
Haworthia cooperi, commonly known as Cooper’s aloe, is a diverse species of Haworthia from the family Asphodelaceae. The plant is native to the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa where it can be found growing in lowland plains (1,2).
This plant is quite the chameleon with many varieties resembling other haworthias. This is why it is sometimes called by other common names such as cathedral windows haworthia and cushion aloe.
Even the common name, Cooper’s aloe, is a misnomer because the plant is not actually an aloe, but it is named so because of its resemblance to the fleshy succulent plant.
H. cooperi is a slow growing succulent. It produces small clumps of fleshy, bluish green to light green rosettes. The leaves are variably patterned with translucent stripes at the tips called fenestrations. This structure is an adaptation to the harsh light conditions in its native habitat.
In some varieties, the whole leaves can become transparent. The leaves may also be tapering towards the tip, bristled, or completely round and smooth (3).
Although mainly grown for its attractive fleshy leaves, H. cooperi can bloom in spring through summer, producing a simple inflorescence of white flowers.