Cow's Tongue

Gasteria bicolor

Ox Tongue, Ruigte Beestong (Afr.)

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Gasterias are succulent plants with flattened strap-shaped leaves arranged in rosettes or opposite pairs. G. bicolor is a medium-sized, perennial, succulent. They are water-wise and make excellent houseplants.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Pick flowers fresh to nibble on.

Propagation

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

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Attracts birds

Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.

Special features

Origin

South Africa, East Cape thickets

Natural climate

Semi-Arid with rainfall summer and winter

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

Flowers are edible.

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Cream, Green

Scent

None

Problems

Problem free if not overwatered. Aphids in the crown can disturb the growth.
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