Kouga River Gasteria
Kouga-Beestong, Vaalbeestong (Afr.)
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Gasterias are part of the Aloe family. The very small plants with interesting leaves have edible flowers that make them different from the rest of the Aloe family. The shape of the flowers reminds of a stomach, which is the origin of the latin name 'Gasteria'. Wonderful waterwise potplants too! They are clusterforming on cliffs in the natural habitat. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape.
Pick flowers fresh to nibble on. To harvest seed pick the whole inflorescence and place in a dry bag. The capsule will have time to mature.
Sow seed fresh. Germination within 3 weeks! Use a 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.
Once established it will endure severe drought.
The interesting leaves make them popular as potplants that do not mind the low light inside buildings.
Sunbirds are the pollinators.
South Africa, Kouga River
Frost free areas with winter or summer rain. Semi-arid
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
The flowers of Gasterias are edible.
Orange, Cream, Red
Pest and disease free if not overwatered. Aphids in the crown can disturb the growth.