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A picture of a Thicket Ox-Tongue

Thicket Ox-Tongue

Gasteria excelsa

Also known as


Full Shade
Moderate care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Thicket Ox-Tongue

Close-up of Gasteria excelsa flowers (these appear during summer). Albany Thicket, habitat of Gasteria excelsa.
The natural habitat of Gasteria excelsa, a cliff face (Eastern Cape)
A dwelling in the Eastern Cape with Gasteria excelsa grown on a rooftop.
Gasteria excelsa `Gaika'
Gasteria excelsa `Nquancule'

Thicket Ox-Tongue Overview

Gasteria excelsa is a medium-sized aloe-like plant bearing triangular, spreading, ascending, dark-mottled green leaves and a dense panicle of pinkish flowers during summer. It is often found on cliffs, both in Albany Thicket as well as Eastern Valley Bushveld in the Eastern Cape Province. It thrives in cultivation, easily grown from leaf cuttings or seed. It is one of the largest of the Gasteria species. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape.

Special features of Thicket Ox-Tongue

Attracts birds

Drought resistant