Gasteria carinata (Mill.) Duval
Bredasdorp Gasteria, Keeled Gasteria, Keeled Ox Tongue
Aloe angulata, Aloe carinata, Gasteria angulata, Gasteria bijliae, Gasteria parvifolia
Gasteria carinata is a stemless, highly variable succulent with dark green leaves spirally arranged or sometimes arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of the stem. It grows up to 7.2 inches (18 cm) tall with a spread of 32 inches (80 cm). Leaves are usually triangular, channeled on their upper surface and with sharp points at their tips. They are up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide. The tiny spots on the leaves are arranged in bands, giving the leaves faint stripes. Flowers are white to light pink with central green stripes and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long.
USDA hardiness zone 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 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.
These succulents 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.
Gasteria carinata is native to the Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Varieties, Forms, and Hybrids
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