Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue

Gasteria brachyphylla

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Not applicable

Propagation

Seed

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!

Division

Divide clusters of plants and replant the individuals.

Cuttings

Leaf cuttings with a heel can be left to callus for a week and then be plated in a well-draining potting soil.

Special features

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Attracts birds

Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.

Special features

Origin

Africa, Western Cape, Klein Karoo

Natural climate

Semi-Arid in succulent Karoo and thicket vegetation

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

Flowers are edible

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red, Green

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest free, but they can be affected by fungi, rotting and sunburn.

Credits

profile iconGasteria brachyphylla
by Ernst van Jaarsveld, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, August 2012 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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