Gasteria



Gasteria is a genus of flowering succulents in the family Asphodelaceae, comprising about 23 species. It is commonly known as cow-tongue cactus, lawyer's tongue, mother-in-law's tongue, and ox-tongue.

Gasteria has thick, fleshy leaves that are usually arranged in a fan, later becoming a tight rosette. Gasteria species grow well in sun or partial shade, and well-drained sandy soil. Water the plant sparingly and suspend watering in winter. Propagation is by seed, leaf cuttings, or division in spring or summer.

Gasteria carinata var. verrucosa, 4 cm tall and 30 cm wide, is a clump-forming succulent with stiff, dark green leaves with raised white dots and incurved edges. It bears spikes of bell-shaped, orange/green flowers in spring.

Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana, 7 cm tall and 10 cm wide, is a succulent that forms rosettes of dark green leaves blotched with white. It flowering stem is 15 cm long, with bell-shaped, orange/green flowers borne in spring.

Gasteria carinata var. verrucosaGasteria carinata var. verrucosa
Author: Dun Holm (public domain)

Flowers of Gasteria carinataFlowers of Gasteria carinata
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Gasteria bicolor var. bicolorGasteria bicolor var. bicolor
Author: Stan Shebs (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0-unported)

Flowers of Gasteria bicolor var. bicolorFlowers of Gasteria bicolor var. bicolor
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Gasteria nitidaGasteria nitida
Author: HelenaH (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0-unported)

Gasteria nitidaGasteria nitida
Author: Daderot (public domain)

Flowers of Gasteria baylissianaFlowers of Gasteria baylissiana
Author: HelenaH (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0-unported)

Gasteria hybridisGasteria hybridis
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