Great Karoo Ox-Tongue
Ox Tongue, Oukossie, Grootkaroo-Beestong, Beestong (Afr.)
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Unusual succulent species with stemless, mottled green, strap-shaped leaves often arranged in opposite pairs. Gasterias are grouped together because of their similar flowers. These are bicoloured pink and green and shaped like bells, hanging from an unbranched infolorescence. This genus is closely related to the genera Aloe and Haworthiopsis. Gasteria flowers are edible, this is a water-wise plant that is excellent for planting in pots. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
Pick flowers fresh and nibble.
Sow seed in Winter. Germination time - 2-3 weeks. use a well-draining 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 clusters of plants and replant as single plants.
Good container plants, place in semi-shaded position and ensure good drainage for best results. May also be grown inside as a houseplant, but requires good levels of sunlight.
Succulent leaves serve as water storage organs.
Edible flowers with pedulate stems(Aloe flower stems are upright!)
South Africa, Western and Northern Cape, Beaufort-Wes to Robertson
Mediterranean and semi-arid
Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Flowers are edible
Windbreaks and hedges for gardens.
Pink, Orange, Green
Problem free if not overwatered.