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Grey ox-tongue

Gasteria glauca

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Gasterias are part of the Aloe family. The very small plants with interesting leaves have edible flowers that make them different from the rest of the Aloe family. The shape of the flowers reminds of a stomach, which is the origin of the latin name 'Gasteria'. Wonderful waterwise potplants too! They are clusterforming on cliffs in the natural habitat.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Pick flowers fresh to nibble on. To harvest seed pick the whole inflorescence and place in a dry bag. The capsule will have time to mature.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed fresh. Germination within 3 weeks! Use a 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.

Special features

Drought resistant
Once established it will endure severe drought.
Pot plant
The interesting leaves make them popular as potplants that do not mind the low light inside buildings.
Attracts birds
Sunbirds are the pollinators.
Attractive leaves
Rough leaves

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Kouga River
Natural climate
Frost free areas with winter or summer rain. Semi-arid

Environment

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

Uses

Edible
The flowers of Gasterias are edible.

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
Orange-red, green and white.
Scent
None

Problems

Pest and disease free if not overwatered. Aphids in the crown can disturb the growth.

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