Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue
Klein Karoo Beestong, Boesmanrys, Waaierbeestong (Afr.)
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Medium-sized succulent with interesting leaves. Waterwise and popular pot plant from the dry Klein Karoo areas in South Africa. Similar to Gasteria disticha, but with smooth, shiny leaves. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
Sow seed in well-draining medium and cover slightly with a layer sand. They should germinate in 3 weeks. Use a fungiscide to limit rots!
Divide clusters of plants and replant the individuals.
Leaf cuttings with a heel can be left to callus for a week and then be plated in a well-draining potting soil.
Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.
Africa, Western Cape, Klein Karoo
Semi-Arid in succulent Karoo and thicket vegetation
Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Flowers are edible
Pink, Red, Green
Generally pest free, but they can be affected by fungi, rotting and sunburn.