Haworthias (Mirabilis, Pumila, Maughanii, Limifola, etc.) – September Succulent Sweep #011-015

Haworthia Mirabilis
Haworthia Mirabilis
Haworthia Maughanii x. Truncata
Haworthia Maughanii x Truncata

And more below the fold….

I picked these two guys up earlier this year at the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Show in Cleveland – as recently rooted small offsets. Both of them were labelled (at the time) as Haworthia Maughanii x Truncata, but as they’ve grown a bit I’ve applied my own identification to the first one as Mirabilis. It’s very similar to a Retusa, which can make casual distinction hard, but looking closely at the leaves – the spikey protrusions / edges are a characteristic of the Mirabilis species.

When I got them, they were originally the size shown below – so they haven’t grown much (the mirabilis shows more new growth) but they both certainly look healthier.

Haworthia Pumila
Haworthia Pumila
Haworthia Resendeana
Haworthia Resendeana

These were both acquired in midsummer from a local nursery, again labelled simply as “Haworthia” (and misspelled at that). I consulted some forums for opinions and settled on the fact that they are most likely pumila and a hybrid known as resendeana, which is actually an interspecies hybrid between a haworthia and it’s cousin, astrolaba. The true test will be when it flowers, as the two families have very different looking blossoms.


Haworthia Limifolia
Haworthia Limifolia

A classic, hardy haworthia. Originally it looked like this – very root bound, but also very dessicated.  Picking out the dead roots and reviing this guy was a several months process.  He turned very dark for a while, but has greened back up recently.  He has several tiny offsets starting on his lower edges, but most of them have been sitting dormant without growing too much larger.

Haworthia Limifolia Variegata

Then we have his larger, showier cousin – a variegated variety of the same species I am still rerooting, added from the collection of a grower who’s pretty active in the online haworthia groups and has impressively mastered the art of vegetative cloning of haworthias.

Haworthia Maughanii
Haworthia Maughanii

I bought this on ebay as a Maughanii – and it was relatively inexpensive being a plainer specimen. Having seen some photos from the collections of others, though, I suspect this is actually another interspecies hybrid – most likely between a maughanii and something like a retusa, judging by the slightly angular/triangular shape implied by the leaves and the slightly pointed windows at the tips. The best part is that it’s doing quite well — it definitely is pumping out new leaves in the center, and the rings have taken on a bit of size differentiation that gives it a bit of a more interesting shape (as long as I keep it under control, since I assume that’s a reaction to it’s exposure to light).  It does seem to be doing much better than my other maughanii, and it could be interesting breeding stock for creating hybrids.

The Maughanii (hybrid?) earlier this summer.

3 thoughts on “Haworthias (Mirabilis, Pumila, Maughanii, Limifola, etc.) – September Succulent Sweep #011-015

  1. Your photo of H. resendeana came up on a pin interest link. Your ‘maughanii’ looks like a truncata/maughanii x but then you show the flower spike with offset. I have only seen this with one of my H. pumila which I wonder if it’s a x because of its size.

    1. I agree. I’ve seen several specimens that look like this that are hybrids of a maughanii and a variety of the retuse types, so it’s likely an unknown hybrid. The seller was unsure of the lineage and just sold it as a maughanii hybrid. As for the offsets on the flower spike, this particular seller has a weird talented knack for getting various haworthias to do this. I’ve seen several varieties come across his sale listings with (as he calls them) keikis, which makes me wonder if he’s using the same (or an adapted) technique that orchid growers use.

    2. I’ve determined since then that it is indeed a hybrid, likely from a cooperi. I’ve added one or two more true maughanii to my collection since then and my own research implies that the cooperi cross is the most likely.

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