Also known as
Cow's Tongue, Ox Tongue, Ruigte Beestong (Afr.)
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This plant has no fragrance
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Lawyers Tongue Overview
Gasteria minima is a succulent perennial plant with flattened, strap-shaped leaves arranged in rosettes or opposite pairs. Commonly known as Lawyers Tongue or Cow's Tongue, Gasteria minima is a medium-sized, perennial that is often cultivated for its fleshy foliage. They are water-wise and make excellent houseplants, especially in frost-prone areas. Can also be suitable for growing outsdoors in dry, desert gardens in warmer and drier climates. Sometimes known as Gasteria gracilis, there is some confusion in the genus Gasteria due to hybridisation between the species.
Common problems with Lawyers Tongue
Susceptible to mealybug infestations and some fungal diseases.
How to propagate Lawyers Tongue
Sow seed fresh. Germination within 3 weeks! Use a sandy soil mixture.
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 of Lawyers Tongue
Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.
Other uses of Lawyers Tongue
Flowers are edible.