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A picture of a Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue

Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue

Gasteria brachyphylla

Also known as

Klein Karoo Beestong, Boesmanrys, Waaierbeestong (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

9a-10b

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

50cm

25cm

Min

25cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue

In flower-racemes protruding above other vegetation
Habitat (near Oudtshoorn)

Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue Overview

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.

Common problems with Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue

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

    How to harvest Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue

    Not applicable

    How to propagate Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue

    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 of Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue

    Pot plant

    Indoor plant

    Drought resistant

    Attracts birds

    Sunbirds are the pollinator of Gasterias.

    Other uses of Klein Karoo Ox-Tongue

    Edible

    Flowers are edible