Haworthia venosa var. tessellata

veined haworthia
Unique spider-web pattern on windowed leaves. Suckers from underground stolons, creating a low and uniform colony over time. Green in some shade, red-brown in sun.
height 2–4in
width 6–18in
tolerates Drought, Heat, Pots, Wind
This plant is from a summer ‘rainfall’ area in Namibia where the plant lives mostly off of fog drip. It should be sheltered from winter rains if possible and will rot out given consistently wet roots in winter. Haworthias are some of the most drought-tolerant succulents, especially in some shade, where they perform better than most other succulents. They will look more lush and vibrant with bi-weekly summer water.
exposure Part Sun – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose, Low Needs
origin Namibia

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.

Growing Notes

This succulent grows in the cracks of rocks in nature, making it an exceptional choice for pots, even small ones. It grows from underground stolons (shoots) that will pop up at soil level, making a colony that fills up the pot overtime, or makes a clustering colony in a rockery.
Stolons are easily divided and repotted.

Special Interest

This is the only haworthia found in Namibia.

The ‘windows’ of this plant are a fascinating adaptation. In habitat the plant grows with the leaf mostly underground, and only its windows exposed right at soil level. This allows sunlight to penetrate the leaf which photosynthesizes from the inside! In this way the plant gets a large surface area to photosynthesize with, but only a very small surface area exposed to the elements. Many succulent windows will illuminate if you shine a light in them, or place them in a window where they can be backlit.