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Cow's tongue

Gasteria bicolor

Ox tongue (Eng.), Ruigte beestong (Afr.)

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Gasterias are succulent plants with leaves often arranged in rosettes or opposite pairs. G. bicolor is a medium sized succulent. In some species acaulescent (stemless) or with short to longer stems. Gasterias are grouped together because of their similar flowers that look different than their close related Aloe and Haworthiopsis cousins and mottled leaves Gasteria flowers are edible. They are water wise and excellent pot plants.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Pick flowers fresh to nibble on.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed fresh. Germination within 3 weeks! Use a sandy soil mixture.
Cuttings
Leafs can be easily teared off the base and place in sandy soil to root. Allow to dry first on a windowsill for a few days!

Special features

Attracts birds
Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, East Cape thickets
Natural climate
Semi-Arid with rainfall summer and winter

Environment

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

Uses

Edible
Flowers are edible.

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
orange-yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free if not overwatered. Aphids in the crown can disturb the growth.

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