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Lawyers Tongue

Gasteria minima

Also known as

Cow's Tongue, Ox Tongue, Ruigte Beestong (Afr.)

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

60cm

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

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

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 of Lawyers Tongue

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Attracts birds

Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.

Other uses of Lawyers Tongue

Edible

Flowers are edible.