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by Kate


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Hello! Could you help me identify this succulent? It came in an assortment of “low-light” succulents I ordered online. Smooth, dark green, fleshy stems, almost looks like grass.

Comments for What is this succulent?

May 24, 2020
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

This looks most like some kind of Aloe. I can’t see it closely enough (even though I downloaded the images to zoom in on it) to see if it’s got serrated edges on the leaves, and also if they are fleshy.

If you feel so inclined, cut off one of the leaves and cut it in half. Aloe typically are filled with a gel-like substance inside the leaves.

You could also take it out of the pot, and look at the roots. Aloe roots are whitish/yellowish and quite fleshy, not fine like some other succulents.

I’m a bit puzzled as to why this would be included in a ‘low light’ selection. The only similar succulents that will withstand dim light are Haworthia, but this plant doesn’t look like any of those. Aloe need bright to intense light.

More on Aloe plants here.

May 26, 2020
Looks like a SA plant
by: Jacky in SA

It looks like a Haworthia Pentagona from SA. It grows here in the Eastern Part of the Cape. I have mine outside and its given me lots of plants. In the sun in turns a beautiful maroon color and I love it. I have about 20 different kinds of Haworthia and this one kgives nice color

May 26, 2020
That would explain it…
by: Jacki

That would explain why they would have included it in a low light selection – Haworthia typically prefer lower light levels.

May 27, 2020
Alworthia Pentagona
by: Kate

Pretty sure it’s an Alworthia “Black Gem” –
There’s still one in my mystery pack I haven’t ID’d yet, so I may be posting again soon. Thank you both!

May 28, 2020
Never heard of it.
by: Jacki

I’ve never heard of ‘Alworthia’ but it sounds great. Aloe ‘Black Gem’ I’ve had, and when I first saw your pic, that’s what it reminded me of, but it seemed to need just as much light as other varieties.