Rough-Leafed Ox-Tongue, Skurweblaarbeestong (Afr.), Indvololwane
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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. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.
Pick flowers to eat fresh.
Sow seed fresh. Germination within 3 weeks. Use a sandy soil mixture.
Tear leafs off the plant and place in dry enviroment to heal (like a windowsil). Place in well-draining sand mix to root.
Divide thick clumps.
Like most succulent plants it can withstand long periods of drought.
Can be grown indoors provided they get enough light.
It is ideal for containers in a shady spot.
Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.
Africa, South Africa, Kwazulu-Natal to Mpumalanga
Semi-arid Interior Bushveld and savannah.
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Flowers are edible.
Pink, Yellow, Green, Orange
Problem free if not overwatered.
Plant with other small succulents.