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Coastal ox-tongue

Gasteria acinacifolia

The largest of the Gasteria family and thrive in Coastal gardens. Waterwise and wonderful potplant with interesting zebra markings on the leaves. Young leaves are warty and rough, becoming smooth with age. Flowers filled with nectar. Sugarbirds are pollinators of the dainty hanging flowers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Seeds can be harvested in Summer.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in well-draining sandy soil mixture and cover lightly with sand. Seeds should germinate in about 3 weeks. Use a fungicide to prevent rotting!
Division
Divide clusters of Gasterias into single plants and repot in sandy soil.
Cuttings
Leaf cuttings need to heel a week in a dry area like a windowsill and can then be rooted in sandy soil.

Special features

Attractive flowers
Inflorescence branched and spreading.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Coastline in Brenton-on-Sea in the West to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape
Natural climate
Mediterranean to semi-arid.

Environment

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

Uses

Edible
Flowers are edible.

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
Creamy white, green, pink and red
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free if not over watered.

Companion plants

Stachys aethiopica, Protea nitida, Chasmathus sp., Halleria eclipse, Merxmuellera stricta

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