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Gasteria bicolor (Lawyer’s Tongue)

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Scientific Name

Gasteria bicolor Haw.

Common Names

Lawyer’s Tongue

Synonyms

Gasteria bicolor var. bicolor, Gasteria obliqua, Gasteria maculata, Aloe planifolia, Gasteria caespitosa, Gasteria liliputana, Gasteria planifolia

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Gasteria

Description

Gasteria bicolor is a fleshy, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, rough, pointed tongue-like foliage. Dark green, peculiar leaves spotted with small, white dots, grow out of the center of the plant and with maturity they recurve to the ground. It branches profusely from the base and can grow up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall. Stems become elongated, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long. Flower are small, about 0.8 inch (2 cm) long, pendulous, tubular to globose, bicolored reddish-pink and green and look like little stomachs. The inflorescence can be simple or branched and very tall (up to 5 feet/1.5 m).

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Hardiness

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

How to Grow and Care

Gasteria 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, which makes them more suitable as houseplants.

Gasteria 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. Gasteria 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…. – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Gasteria

Origin

Native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).

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