A must-have plant for black and green thumbs alike, succulents are low-maintenance beauties. From pink roses to green bunny ears, they bloom in lots of different shapes and colors. If you already have a colorful plant collection and you’re looking for a unique addition, we found a succulent that’ll brighten your garden because of its lack of color.
The “see-through” Haworthia cooperi is a rare succulent with transparent leaves. Native to South Africa, this type of succulent grows slowly in clusters with soft, fleshy leaves that are clear at the top. Like most succulents, they don’t require a lot of upkeep. Just make sure not to over-water them.
There are different varieties of Haworthia cooperi, and they’re available to purchase at Amazon, Home Depot, and Etsy. The highly-rated Green Acres Plants on Etsy is selling a truncata variety of the succulent for $14.99. It’s so popular that it’s earned a “Bestseller” badge. To make the leaves more translucent, the seller recommends placing the succulent in the shade for a few weeks. This will create “a window” for more light absorption.
This juicy-looking succulent goes by many names, such as Cushion aloe, Window haworthia, Star window plant, and Zebra cactus. Its transparent leaves are just so mesmerizing to look at, especially when the light penetrates through them and makes the bulbs gleam.
An article published in Green and Vibrant describes the Haworthia cooperi as “a small succulent with densely packed fleshy blue-green leaves which form a rosette shape.” It’s native to the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and has 13 varieties.
They can grow up to four inches and require little water, as you would expect from most succulents. This makes them ideal for people who often forget to water their plants or frequently go on vacations. They can survive short periods of drought and will probably still be gleaming just the same by the time you come back!
For just under $10, Succulent Jewels on Etsy is also selling the truncata variety. Succulent Jewels has sold more than 10,000 succulents and has a five-star rating. For the Haworthia copperi, it recommends planting them in porous cactus or succulent soil and placing them in bright light daily.
It’s an easy succulent to grow, too. If you’ve successfully taken care of Aloe, then the treatment is more or less the same for Haworthia. There are several sellers on Etsy that are shipping Haworthias, either as seeds or full plants.
In its natural environment, it loves growing under the shade of a tree or a shrub, so in your home or office, just leave it on a windowsill for three to four hours a day. If it’s getting too much sun exposure (it likes bright light, but never direct full sun), its leaves will turn yellow or white.
As for watering, shower it generously during the summer season, allowing the soil to dry between waterings. During winter, you only have to water once a month. Like most succulents, make sure that it never sits in water, as it can cause root damage.
The see-through leaves actually help sunlight reach the inside of the foliage, so this is one succulent that’s more sensitive to light than most. Rather than bright or direct sunlight, keep this plant in low light to avoid damaging it. And because it’s happy in low light, it’s also a good houseplant for beginners.
It won’t mind missing a few waterings here and there either (only water when the soil is completely dry). Just make sure whatever container you plant it in has a drainage hole so this succulent doesn’t get too much water.
How to care for Haworthia cooperi:
The translucent succulent thrives in bright, indirect light, well-draining loamy soil, and average humidity. Water the Haworthia cooperi occasionally when the soil dries. The transparent plant grows in temperatures between 68°F and 90°F (20°C – 32°C). Fertilize twice a year in fall and spring.
At first glance, the Haworthia cooperi doesn’t seem real at all. This rare succulent has unusual soft and fleshy translucent leaves, and you can see through them at the tips.
The Haworthia cooperi plants are slow-growing, so you may not notice much growth. But, all they need to grow is warmth, light, and occasional watering.
Haworthia cooperi is a species of succulent in the family Asphodelaceae. This type of Haworthia is identified by its tiny, fleshy soft green leaves. You’ll also notice that the leaves have bristly margins and transparent tips. Some rare Haworthia cooperi varieties have completely translucent, see-through leaves that help to identify them.
Common names for the Haworthia cooperi include window haworthia, cushion aloe, Cooper’s haworthia, pussy foot, and star window plant.
Haworthia cooperi is also a species of flowering succulent. Inconspicuous white flowers bloom in summer on the end of long stems. Although this window plant grows well indoors, it rarely flowers as a houseplant. However, its attractive feature is the clump of soft fleshy leaves with clear tops.
Other varieties of Haworthia cooperi will thrive under the same conditions, but they might not be quite as see-through as the truncata variety. Some can have leaves that are more pointed than rounded, with mostly green bottoms and clear tips. These pointed varieties can grow up to 5 inches tall. They also look a little more like the zebra plant, another succulent in the genus Haworthia.
Once they’re mature, the combination of green veins with clear leaves can make these fascinating succulents look like stained glass. After your plant is established, it’ll even start producing tiny new plants that you can propagate and share with friends or expand your own clear succulent collection.