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Haworthia suberecta grows in typical fashion on almost vertical cliffs, and often prefers the northern sun-baked slopes of hills and ravines.The plants seem more resilient to these adverse conditions than many other Haworthia. The leaves are usually semi-erect but there is some variation in the recurving of the leaves.

Haworthia suberecta appears in a number of forms from around Mossel Bay to probably about Brandwacht some 15 km. to the north. Plants from the gorges of the Gouritz River further east may perhaps also fall within this taxon. ( See footnote )

Haworthia suberecta is usually a happy plant in cultivation and does not seem to need the hot and adverse conditions they thrive on in habitat. The plants proliferate freely from the base, both in nature and cultivation.

A well drained slightly composted sandy soil should do well. Too much watering can harm the roots.

Synonym: Haworthia turgida var. suberecta (Sensu M.B. Bayer)

Haworthia suberecta at Brandwacht north of Mossel Bay. The red colour is due to sunburn. The plants normally turn light green in cultivation.

Haworthia suberecta habitat. Bare slopes where little else grows seem ideally suited for this species.

Proliferation is the order of the day.

Haworthia suberecta near Hartenbos Dam