Kouga River Gasteria

Gasteria glauca

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed fresh. Germination within 3 weeks! Use a sandy soil mixture.

Cuttings

Tear leafs off the plant and place in dry enviroment to heal (like a windowsil) . Place in well-draining sand mix to root.

Special features

Drought resistant

Once established it will endure severe drought.

Pot plant

The interesting leaves make them popular as potplants that do not mind the low light inside buildings.

Attracts birds

Sunbirds are the pollinators.

Attractive leaves

Rough leaves

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Kouga River

Natural climate

Frost free areas with winter or summer rain. Semi-arid

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The flowers of Gasterias are edible.

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Orange, Cream, Red

Scent

None

Problems

Pest and disease free if not overwatered. Aphids in the crown can disturb the growth.

Credits

profile iconGasteria glauca
by Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Ernst van Jaarsveld, November 2009 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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