Haworthia is an extremely variable genus with more than 80 species with numerous varieties and subspecies depending on the taxonomist doing the classification. On this website we follow the most sensible given names including the numerous new findings and insights by other authors such as Breuer, Hayashi, Marx and others. The species in this genus are attractive leaf succulents, with an array of shapes, textures and colours making them excellent container plants and collector’s items. Their ability to grow under lower light conditions makes them well suited for cultivation around the world.
The genus is divided in three significant subgenera, Hexangularis (H. limifolia, H. viscosa etc.), Haworthia (H. emelyae, H. retusa etc.) and Robustipeduncularis (H. marginata, H. maxima etc.). Haworthia is nearly endemic to South Africa except for species like H. venosa ssp. tesselata spreading into Namibia and H. limifolia into Swaziland.