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Zebra Plant Care Guide and Plant Profile

The Zebra Plant (Haworthiopsis) is native to South Africa. All the 18 Zebra Varieties are very durable. Zebra plant care is easy. Perfect choice for a houseplant beginner.

Latin name for this plant is Haworthiopsis. It was formerly in the Haworthia genus. In 2013 the new genus Haworthiopsis was created . The zebra plant became part of it.

Plant enthusiasts and even nurseries still call it Haworthia. I recently purchased a Zebra Plant labeled haworthia.

Zebra Plants are related to aloe vera. Like aloe vera, Zebra plants Hold moisture in their fleshy long leaves to sustain them through periods of drought. Rather like a camel hump. 🙂

haworthiopsis attenuata
Haworthiopsis Attenuata-Notice the tubercles go all the way around the fleshy strong rigid leaves.

I have the the Super Zebra. White bumpy tubercles grow all around the leaves. The leaves grow to a fine point at the tip.

The eye catching spiky architecture of the green leaves with the contrasting white tubercles stands out. The rosette shape of this striking small plant fits politely into a round pot.

haworthiopsis attenuata (super zebra)
Super Zebra has tubercles all around the tubular shaped leaves.

This is a slow growing succulent. Choose a 4 inch pot you enjoy. It will be a perfect size to sit on your window sill and bask in the (bright indirect) light and air.

haworthiopsis fasciata-top down view
the fasciata variety has tubercles on only the lower side of its leaves.

Haworthiopsis fasciata zebra plant leaves have a smooth green topside and tubercles of white on the underside of their leaves.


Zebra plants flower easily in the outdoors. Indoor conditions are often not ideal for flowering.

The Zebra plant flower grows from a long stem sent up from the plant. Flowers are small and understated. The flower stalk may grow more plant babies. You can cut them off the stalk and replant.

zebra plant flower

Haworthiopsis normally flower at the end of summer.

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Haworthiopsis plants grow in groups from offsets. They can be divided and repotted separately or left to grow together.

Haworthiopsis do get brown dried tips. This is normal for this plant. Just cut them off if they bother you

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Haworthiopsis is native to South Africa. All the 18 Zebra Varieties are very durable. Zebra plant care is easy. Perfect choice for a houseplant beginner.

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Lighting and Succulent Sunburn:

This plant, like the Haworthia Cooperi, tolerates low light well. These succulents grow very slowly in lower light and require much less watering. For best growth they love a bright indirectly lit window sill with good air flow.

Zebra plants are naturally green with white tubercles. Variegated forms(alba) are lighter. Haworthiopsis bleaches and develops red tips in sustained intense light.

In succulent circles this is referred to as succulent sunburn.

Jade plants and Snake plants are also susceptible to sunburning. Not all succulents love intense hot sunlight. Keep Zebra plants, snake plants and Jade plants in Indirect light for the best colorings.

haworthia plant-stress coloring
Too much sun will cause this Haworthiopsis plant to fade and the tips will turn red.

Zebra Plant Toxicity:

Zebra plants are Pet safe.keep them away from young children and curious cats. The soil and fertilizers may NOT be safe for pets and children.

And… toddlers and pets are really not good for your plants. Ask me how I know. 🙂

Your Printable Zebra Plant Care Guide:

Below is your printable care guide. Learn about caring for this succulent and how to propagate it too.

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Zebra Plant Care Guide

zebra plant

Haworthiopsis varieties are a small succulent commonly known as the Zebra plant.

This plant has long fleshy pointed leaves with tubercles on all or part of the leaves in a pattern reminiscent of Zebras. They grow in a rosette pattern.

This Care Guide will teach you how to keep this houseplant happy all through the year.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy


Soil Preference:

  1. Zebra plants prefer a well draining cactus soil mix. The roots will rot quickly if they sit in moist soil.
  2. A mix of cactus potting mix and perlite will keep the roots happiest.filling small pot with soil for cutting
  3. Make sure your pot has drainage at the bottom. Do not use a pot with no drainage hole for this plant.
  4. A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for Zebra plants.

Pot Size and Type:

  1. The Haworthiopsis can grow in many different kinds of pots, I like to plant mine in ceramic pots with a drainage hole. I linked an Amazon page of adorable cactus pots above for you.
  2. Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom To the next pot size up. Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one. Just go to the next size up pot.


  1. Zebra plants will grow best in bright indirect light.
  2. Zebra plants will tolerate lower light but will grow very slowly and need much less water.
  3. If this plant receives too much direct light the leaves may start to change to a red color. This is a stress color. Put your plant is a less intense light.


  1. Water Zebra plants when the soil is dry. These plants are typically drough resistant and can withstand longer periods of dryness compared to other houseplants.
  2. Watering is best done by drenching the plant thoroughly. Allow the water to run through the pot and then let it drain so no water sits in the bottom drain plate.
  3. Do not allow water to sit in the center of the leaves and accumulate.
  4. The recommendation watering cycle is every 2-3 weeks.
  5. Never let this plant get wet feet. Overwatering encourages root rot and fungus gnats.

How to Fertilize:

  1. Apply a good quality fertilizer (linked in materials) diluted by 50% once or twice in the summer months. Zebra plants do not need much fertilizer.
  2. Allow the Zebra plant to rest through the winter months.


  1. The Zebra plant will do best in temperatures between 30-85 degrees F. For this reason they can grow outdoors in climate zones 10a to 11b.


  1. Zebra plants are hardy resilient plants. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
  2. Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress..
  3. Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
  4. Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
  5. To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
  6. Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.

How to Propagate by stem cutting:

  1. Pull stem off the plant and let it dry for several hours to overnight.
  2. Plant it in a small pot in wet cactus soil.
  3. After several weeks roots will grow and settle the new plant.

How to Propagate by Offsets:

  1. Zebra plants naturally grow new plants around their outer perimeter. These are called offsets.
  2. You can easily unpot your zebra plant and pull the offsets off the mother plant.
  3. Repot all the offsets in separate pots in cactus soil.
  4. Water thoroughly. They should be rooted.


The Zebra Plant is a rewarding and perfect plant for a beginner succulent parent. This plant will grow beautifully with just a little bit of care.

TIP: This plant loves air flow. Don't group it with a lot of other humid loving plants. An open window nearby with warm dry air will keep it happy through the warm months.

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The Zebra Plant (Haworthiopsis) is native to South Africa. All the 18 Zebra Varieties are very durable. Haworthiopsis care is easy. This plant is perfect choice for a houseplant beginner.

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