Gasteria glomerata van Jaarsv.
Kouga Gasteria, Ox Tongue
Gasteria glomerata is a small, very attractive succulent that slowly grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and suckers to make dense, up to 1 foot (30 cm) wide clumps. Leaves are strap-shaped, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, slightly recurved, and held distichously (paired opposite each other). They are grey-green and are slightly rough in texture. The attractive, small flowers are held pendant in unbranched outwardly arching, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long inflorescences. They appear primarily in spring and have a bulbous, reddish-orange base and a green tip.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Gasterias are often grouped with Haworthia because the plants have similar cultural requirements. Both are attractive, small succulents that can tolerate more shade than many succulents, making them more suitable as houseplants. However, 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. Gasterias 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. 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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Gasteria.
This species is native to the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
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