×Gasteraloe beguinii (Radl) Guillaumin
Lizard Tail, Pearl Aloe
Aloe × beguinii, Aloe × beguinii var. perfectior, Aloe × chludowii, Aloe × perfectior, ×Gasteraloe beguinii var. chludowii, ×Gasteraloe chludowii, ×Gastrolea beguinii var. chludowii, ×Gastrolea beguinii var. perfectior, ×Gastrolea chludowii, ×Gastrolea perfectior
x Gasteraloe beguinii is an elegant succulent that forms rosettes of triangular, dark green to reddish leaves covered with white tubercles. It grows up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall and blooms at the same time as Aristaloe aristata. Flowers are the same color as A. aristata, with dark tips but no faint lines and basal swelling.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Gasterias are often grouped with Haworthia because the plants have similar cultural requirements. Both are attractive, small succulents that can tolerate somewhat more shade than many succulents, making them more suitable as houseplants. Gasterias are susceptible to fungal infections, which usually appear as black spots on the leaves. These result from too much humidity or water on the leaves, but they should not spread too quickly. Gasterias have a natural defense mechanism against such fungal attacks and attack the invading organism and seal off the wounded spot. In general, any place where Haworthia and Aloe thrive will be hospitable to a Gasteria.
Gasterias are small, shallow-rooted, and relatively slow-growing. Therefore, they are often grown in small clusters in wide, shallow dishes. Over time, clusters will naturally enlarge as the mother plant sends off small plantlets.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Gasteria.
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