Haworthiopsis limifolia: The Fairy Washboard Succulent

Haworthiopsis limifolia

Last updated on September 15th, 2022 at 11:27 am

The Haworthiopsis limifolia, more commonly known as the fairy washboard succulent or haworthia limifolia, was named in honor of an English horticulturist and collector by the name of Bernard Howard Foster Haworth, who once had a specimen of this unique plant in his collection.

The unique texture and shape of the Haworthiopsis limifolia make it one of the most highly sought-after members of the genus, along with other species like haworthia cooperi and haworthia pumila.

Succulents are some of the most ornamental plants out there, and they’re extremely easy to grow.

The fairy washboard succulent, also known as Haworthiopsis limifolia, is especially lovely and quite easy to grow, despite its exotic appearance.

In fact, it’s even one of the most popular Haworthiopsis species you can find today!

Origin and distribution

Haworthiopsis limifolia is a small, slow-growing succulent that originates from South Africa. It gets its common name, fairy washboard, from the white, raised stripes on its leaves that resemble a washboard.

Haworthiopsis limifolia is a small, slow-growing succulent that originates from South Africa. It gets its common name, fairy washboard, from the white, raised stripes on its leaves that resemble a washboard.

These plants need well-drained soil and moderate sunlight to grow properly. When grown indoors, they should be placed in a bright window but out of direct sunlight.

They are typically very sensitive to over-watering so it’s important not to overwater them or let them sit in water for long periods of time. Also, because this plant thrives in sandy soil with little organic material, it’s important not to overwater them or let them sit in water for long periods of time.

Haworthiopsis limifolia propagation

Haworthiopsis limifolia

One of the great things about haworthia limifolia is that it’s so easy to propagate. Cut off a branch, let it dry out for a few days, and then place in potting soil. Once rooted, you can then transplant it into its own pot or back into the ground where you found it!

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It takes some time to form roots (about three months), but eventually, your plant will be as hardy as any other succulent. If you’re looking for something else to do with your cuttings while they’re waiting, try making terrariums. They look amazing and are easy to make from scratch.

Haworthiopsis limifolia care information

Haworthiopsis limifolia

Haworthiopsis limifolia, or fairy washboard succulent, is a delightful little plant that’s easy to care for. These succulents are native to South Africa and thrive in bright, indirect light.

They prefer well-draining soil and should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. These plants are fairly slow-growing, but will eventually form clusters of rosettes.

Light requirement

Haworthiopsis Limifolia thrives in bright, direct sunlight but can also tolerate lower light levels. However, too much shade will cause the leaves to etiolate, or stretch out, in search of light. If your plant is etiolating, simply move it to a brighter location.

It may take some time for new growth to appear as the roots need time to catch up with the new environment. However, if it continues to be over-shaded, you should consider transplanting your haworthia limifolia into a shadier spot that provides at least 4 hours of light per day.

Soil/potting mix

A well-draining potting mix is essential for Haworthiopsis limifolia, as this succulent is susceptible to root rot. A cactus or succulent potting mix will do the trick, or you can make your own by mixing together equal parts sand, perlite, and peat moss.

Whatever mix you choose, make sure it drains quickly to prevent root rot.


Haworthiopsis limifolia is a succulent that originates from South Africa. It gets its common name, fairy washboard, from the raised, white stripes on its leaves. This plant is drought tolerant and does not require much water.

When watering, allow the soil to dry out completely before giving it a good soak. Too much water can lead to root rot.

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Just like any other succulent, Haworthiopsis limifolia needs fertilizer to help it grow. However, because this plant is so small, you’ll need to be careful not to over-fertilize it.

A good rule of thumb is to fertilize once a month during the growing season and every other month during the winter. When applying fertilizer, be sure to water the plant first so that the roots can absorb the nutrients.


One important factor to consider when growing Haworthiopsis limifolia is temperature. This succulent prefers warm temperatures and can tolerate some heat, but cannot handle cold temperatures well.

If the temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the leaves of the plant will start to turn brown and wilt. In extreme cases, the plant may die. So if you live in an area with cold winters, it’s best to grow this plant indoors or in a greenhouse.


One of the best things about Haworthiopsis limifolia is that it’s very tolerant of lower humidity levels. This makes it an ideal succulent for those who live in dry climates, or for those who don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to watering their plants.

That said, if you do live in a humid climate, you’ll need to take extra care to ensure that your plant doesn’t get too much water.

The ideal humidity range is 30-50%.


When pruning your Haworthiopsis limifolia, be sure to remove any dead or dying leaves. You can also trim back any long, leggy stems. If the plant is looking particularly overgrown, you can give it a light pruning all over.

As with most succulents, it’s best to do this in the spring or summer when the plant is actively growing. In fact, you should cut them down about halfway during their active growth period and then let them grow for the rest of the year.

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Your fairy washboard will thrive as long as you provide it with enough water during its dormant periods and keep an eye on its water level at other times.

When to repot

It’s generally recommended to repot succulents every one to two years, depending on the size of the pot and how quickly the plant is growing. If your haworthiopsis limifolia is looking cramped in its pot or if you see roots coming out of the drainage holes, it’s time for a new home.

When repotting, choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one and use fresh, well-draining succulent soil. Firmly press down around the root ball and water thoroughly.

Place the plant where it will get plenty of bright light but not too much sun. In areas with cool winters, keep it outside as long as possible before bringing it inside (avoid drafts). Water regularly throughout the year so long as the soil does not dry out completely.

Allow topsoil to dry between watering sessions and avoid letting leaves sit in standing water. Finally, fertilize monthly during periods of active growth with a liquid fertilizer diluted by half.

Dormancy/Winter rest

Haworthiopsis limifolia is a succulent that originates from South Africa. It is a member of the Haworthia genus which contains over 60 species of succulents.

This particular species gets its common name, fairy washboard, from the ridges on its leaves that resemble a washboard. When winter comes, this succulent will enter into a period of dormancy.

During this time, it will stop growing and remain dormant until the weather warms up again. If you want to encourage your plant to grow in spring, place it in indirect sunlight.

Haworthia limifolia & fragrance

Haworthiopsis limifolia

This plant is best known for its flowers, which are small and white with yellow centers. They bloom in clusters and have a sweet fragrance. The blooming period is typically from mid-spring to early summer.

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Growth rate

Haworthiopsis limifolia is a slow-growing succulent, typically only adding an inch or two in height each year. However, it can grow slightly faster in ideal conditions with plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil. This plant produces offsets (or pups), which can be used to propagate new plants.


Though the plant is not poisonous, it can cause an upset stomach if ingested. This plant is easy to care for and makes a great addition to any succulent collection!

USDA hardiness zones

Haworthiopsis limifolia thrives best in USDA hardiness zones 8-10 but can be grown indoors anywhere.

Problems, pests, and diseases

Haworthiopsis limifolia is a relative pest- and disease-free plant. However, mealybugs and aphids can be a problem, particularly if the plant is stressed. If you see any pests, simply wipe them off with a damp cloth or spray them with water.

Watch for signs of rot, such as yellowing leaves or mushy stems, and remove affected parts of the plant immediately. When growing haworthiopsis in your home, make sure to place it in a well-lit area that’s not too warm; high temperatures will dry out this succulent.

To avoid overwatering your plant, take care to use only enough water so that the soil feels slightly moist after watering. In addition, don’t over-pot your succulent because doing so could cause its roots to rot.

Finally, protect plants from bright light during winter months by moving them indoors or placing curtains on windows nearby.