Gasteria batesiana G.D.Rowley
Knoppies Gasteria, Knoppies Beestong
Gasteria batesiana is a charming, relatively small succulent with pointed, extremely rough leaves. It grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter, proliferating from the base to form small groups. Mottled leaves are triangular in cross-section with many tiny white spots in bands, giving a faint row of stripes on the surfaces. Flowers are pink-orange, tipped in emerald green, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long, and appear on simple, rarely branched inflorescences.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
These plants 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, 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. They have a natural defense mechanism against such fungal attacks, 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.
These succulents 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Gasteria.
This species is native to the inland escarpment in the far northeast of South Africa.
Varieties, Cultivars, and Hybrids
- Gasteria batesiana var. dolomitica
- Gasteria batesiana 'Barberton'
- Gasteria batesiana 'Variegata'
- Gasteria 'Little Warty'
- ×Gasteraloe 'Royal Highness'
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