Zebra Cactus- Lesser-known Indoor Plant

Zebra Cactus- Lesser-known Indoor Plant

Zebra Cactus alternately labelled as Zebra plant is a succulent and definitely one of the best indoor plants. It is native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Zebra cactus pretty much resembles the appearance of aloe vera. But the differentiating factor is the stripes, which makes it more appealing and exotic.

The Zebra cactus has erect, multifarious leaves. It has white stripes on the green outer surface that gives it a zebra effect. Scientifically referred to as Haworthia fasciata, it is an easy-care succulent that grows well even when most neglected. These plants are usually small and low growing succulents that can grow up to 13-15 cms high and about 20 cms wide. 

How to care for Zebra Cactus?

  • Place the zebra cactus in well-draining soil to ensure the plant does not sit on damp soil for long
  • Requires plenty of bright sunlight every day, directly or partially
  • Water regularly but less frequently. Allow the soil to dry out thoroughly between watering
  • Requires normal humid temperature
  • Fertilize once a month or less during the spring and summer with a houseplant fertilizer diluted to one-quarter strength 
  • Beginning of the spring is the best time for repotting zebra cactus
  • It can be propagated with pups or cuttings. When propagating the plant, water them once. Do not water the plant again until you see new growth.

Interesting facts about Zebra Cactus (Haworthia Fasciata):

  • Zebra Cactus is a succulent not cacti
  • Its name is derived from the horizontal zebra looking stripes
  • Quite easy to grow that it is often suggested as a plant for beginners
  • There are more than 700 species of Haworthia in the world. Zebra Cactus is just one of them
  • It is not poisonous to people, cats or dogs
  • Used in cosmetic preparations, such as shampoos, hand creams, and suntan lotions
  • Has medicinal properties as it produces aloe, which can be applied to burns and cuts 
  • It is one of the best decorative plants that makes it the most suitable gift for any plant lover or a décor enthusiast
  • It is also known to provide nourishment and relaxation to mental health.

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