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Ox tongue

Gasteria disticha

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Unusual succulent species with stemless, mottled green, strap-shaped leaves often arranged in opposite pairs. Gasterias are grouped together because of their similar flowers. These are bicoloured pink and green and shaped like bells, hanging from an unbranched infolorescence. This genus is closely related to the genera Aloe and Haworthiopsis. Gasteria flowers are edible, this is a water-wise plant that is excellent for planting in pots.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Winter

Harvesting

Pick flowers fresh and nibble.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Winter. Germination time - 2-3 weeks. use a well-draining sandy soil mixture.
Cuttings
Tear leafs off the plant and place in dry enviroment to heal (like a windowsil) . Place in well-draining sand mix to root.
Division
Divide clusters of plants and replant as single plants.

Special features

Pot plant
Good container plants, place in semi-shaded position and ensure good drainage for best results. May also be grown inside as a houseplant, but requires good levels of sunlight.
Drought resistant
Succulent leaves serve as water storage organs.
Attractive flowers
Edible flowers with pedulate stems(Aloe flower stems are upright!)

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Western and Northern Cape, Beaufort-Wes to Robertson
Natural climate
Mediterranean and semi-arid

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Flowers are edible
Notes
Windbreaks and hedges for gardens.

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
Orange-yellow, Pink, Green
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free if not overwatered.

Companion plants

Salvia, Helichrysum

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