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Gasteria carinata f. variegata

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Scientific Name

Gasteria carinata f. variegata

Accepted Scientific Name

Gasteria carinata (Mill.) Duval

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Gasteria carinata f. variegata is an attractive succulent up to 7.2 inches (18 cm) tall. The leaves are sharp, triangular, dark-green, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide. They are variously stripped with yellow or creamy-white. In cultivation there are several variegated clones with leaves in different shape, size and degree of variegation.

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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

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, which makes them more suitable as houseplants.

Gasterias 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.

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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Gasteria.

Origin

Gasteria carinata f. variegata is a variegated form of Gasteria carinata.

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