Wart-Leaf Gasteria

Gasteria batesiana

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Pick flowers to eat fresh.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed fresh. Germination within 3 weeks. Use a sandy soil mixture.

Cuttings

Tear leafs off the plant and place in dry enviroment to heal (like a windowsil). Place in well-draining sand mix to root.

Division

Divide thick clumps.

Special features

Drought resistant

Like most succulent plants it can withstand long periods of drought.

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors provided they get enough light.

Pot plant

It is ideal for containers in a shady spot.

Attracts birds

Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Kwazulu-Natal to Mpumalanga

Natural climate

Semi-arid Interior Bushveld and savannah.

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

Flowers are edible.

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Yellow, Green, Orange

Scent

None

Problems

Problem free if not overwatered.

Companion plants

Plant with other small succulents.

Credits

profile iconGasteria batesiana
by Ernst van Jaarsveld, Kirstenboch National Botanical Garden, March 2006 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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