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Gasteria batesiana (Knoppies Gasteria)

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Scientific Name

Gasteria batesiana G.D.Rowley

Common Names

Knoppies Gasteria, Knoppies Beestong

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Gasteria

Description

Gasteria batesiana is a small, charming, succulent plant bearing rough, tuberculata, brittle leaves up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. It is at once recognized by its small rosettes of triangular-lanceolate leaves often with transverse mottled cross bands and simple inflorescence of large nectar-rich flowers up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. The plant soon proliferates from the base forming small groups.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Gasterias are often grouped with Haworthias because the plants have similar cultural requirements. Both are attractive, small succulents that can tolerate somewhat more shade than many succulents, which makes them more suitable as houseplants.

These succulents are susceptible to fungal infections, which usually appear as black spots on the leaves. These are the result of too much humidity or water on the leaves, but they should not spread too quickly. They 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. 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

Origin

Gasteria batesiana is native to the inland escarpment in the far north-east of South Africa.

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