Also known as
Kusbeestong, Strandbeestong (Afr.)
This plant has no fragrance
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Coast Ox-Tongue Overview
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.
Common problems with Coast Ox-Tongue
Problem free if not over watered.
Coast Ox-Tongue Companion Plants
Stachys aethiopica, Protea nitida, Chasmathus sp., Halleria eclipse, Merxmuellera stricta
How to harvest Coast Ox-Tongue
Seeds can be harvested in Summer.
How to propagate Coast Ox-Tongue
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.
Special features of Coast Ox-Tongue
Inflorescence branched and spreading.
Other uses of Coast Ox-Tongue
Flowers are edible.