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Coast Ox-Tongue

Gasteria acinacifolia

Also known as

Kusbeestong, Strandbeestong (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

10a-11b

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

80cm

Max

50cm

25cm

Min

25cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Gasteria acinacifolia

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

    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 of Coast Ox-Tongue

    Attracts birds

    Indoor plant

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Attractive flowers

    Inflorescence branched and spreading.

    Other uses of Coast Ox-Tongue

    Edible

    Flowers are edible.

    Other uses