Name That Plant!
Hello! I received this lovely succulent (I think it's a succulent) for a gift, and am having difficulty identifying it. It's green, with just a few dark red areas. It looks as though it would be sharp to touch, but is not. Rather, it feels almost like you are petting a lizard or similar creature when touching it. I'm not quite sure how else to describe it, so I am including some pictures in hopes you might be able to help. Thanks so much!
This creature (!) is one of the many types of Haworthia. These little plants are great for beginning your collection if you're just starting out, because they don't require the extremely bright conditions of most succulents, and they also prefer a little more water. Over watering is the leading cause of death in succulents, so having one that doesn't mind so much is the perfect solution.
If you look at the leaves, you'll see that they have little transparent stripes - these are windows; no, I'm not kidding - the light passes through these windows to be processed with the sugars in the sap of the plant into energy. This process is known as photosynthesis - or making (synthesizing) energy out of light (photo). Just one more interesting tidbit of information on these great little plants.
You can see more about them here: Haworthia
Happy Succulent Gardening!