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Rough-leafed ox-tongue

Gasteria batesiana

Skurweblaarbeestong (Afr.)

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Succulent plants with stemless leaves often arranged in rosettes or opposite pairs. Gasterias are grouped together because of their similar flowers that looks different than their close related Aloe and Haworthiopsis cousins. Gasteria flowers are edible. They are waterwise and excellent potplants.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Pick flowers to eat fresh.

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.
Division
Divide thick clumps.

Special features

Drought resistant
Like most succulent plants it can withstand long periods of drought.
Indoor plant
Can be grown indoors provided they get enough light.
Pot plant
It is ideal for containers in a shady spot.
Attracts birds
Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Kwazulu-Natal to Mpumalanga
Natural climate
Semi-arid Interior Bushveld and savannah.

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
Flowers are edible.

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
, Yellow, Green, Orange
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free if not overwatered.

Companion plants

Plant with other small succulents.

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