Kusbeestong, Strandbeestong (Afr.)
1 of 3
1 of 3
The largest of the Gasteria family and thrive in Coastal gardens. Waterwise and wonderful potplant with interesting zebra markings on the leaves. Young leaves are warty and rough, becoming smooth with age. Flowers filled with nectar. Sugarbirds are pollinators of the dainty hanging flowers. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape.
Seeds can be harvested in Summer.
Sow seeds in well-draining sandy soil mixture and cover lightly with sand. Seeds should germinate in about 3 weeks. Use a fungicide to prevent rotting!
Divide clusters of Gasterias into single plants and repot in sandy soil.
Leaf cuttings need to heel a week in a dry area like a windowsill and can then be rooted in sandy soil.
Inflorescence branched and spreading.
South Africa, Coastline in Brenton-on-Sea in the West to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape
Mediterranean to semi-arid.
Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Flowers are edible.
Pink, Red, Cream, Green
Problem free if not over watered.
Stachys aethiopica, Protea nitida, Chasmathus sp., Halleria eclipse, Merxmuellera stricta