Coast Ox-Tongue

Gasteria acinacifolia

Kusbeestong, Strandbeestong (Afr.)

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Seeds can be harvested in Summer.

Propagation

Seed

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!

Division

Divide clusters of Gasterias into single plants and repot in sandy soil.

Cuttings

Leaf cuttings need to heel a week in a dry area like a windowsill and can then be rooted in sandy soil.

Special features

Attracts birds

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Attractive flowers

Inflorescence branched and spreading.

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Coastline in Brenton-on-Sea in the West to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape

Natural climate

Mediterranean to semi-arid.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

Flowers are edible.

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red, Cream, Green

Scent

None

Problems

Problem free if not over watered.

Companion plants

Stachys aethiopica, Protea nitida, Chasmathus sp., Halleria eclipse, Merxmuellera stricta

Credits

profile iconGasteria acinacifolia
by Ernst van Jaarsveld, Kirstenboch National Botanical Garden, May 2005 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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