These “Clear” Succulents Look Like Glistening Jewels Growing From the Ground

 

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Succulents are known for having leaves shaped like cartoon bunnies, dolphins, and hearts. So the Haworthia cooperi, while not oddly shaped, takes the prize for being the most unusual variety. Sometimes called the “clear succulent,” the transparency is particularly noticeable when the sun is shining on the tiny bulbous leaves. The light makes the tops of the plants practically disappear, leaving only the base of the blue-green leaves visible. All that is left is a glistening, jewel-like effect from the tip of the succulents.

Native to the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, the Haworthia cooperi grows under the shade of a tree or a shrub when in its natural environment. In the home, it prefers bright light (but not full sun), so it’s best kept near the window sill (though not actually on it). If this plant receives too much sunlight, the transparent tips disappear and turn white.

Like the heart-shaped Conophytum bilobum, the Haworthia cooperi is considered a rare succulent. To find them outside of South Africa, look to grow them as seeds. You can order some of your own from the Etsy seller Little Leaf Garden.

The rare Haworthia cooperi is a clear succulent that has a transparent effect on its bulbous leaves.

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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