Haworthia truncata var. truncata grows in the winter rainfall area of the Little Karoo in the Western Cape. It is especially known from the Oudtshoorn, Calitsdorp and De Rust areas. 'truncata' means 'ends abruptly' referring to the straight edges of the succulent leaves. They have a shallow root system so the plant can absorb every drop of moisture when it rains. Most haworthias favour the nurse plant environment, i.e. growing under the protection of a small bush; there are, however, some that grow in the open, exposed to the elements, such Haworthia maxima, H. springbokvlakensis and H. truncata var. truncata.