Gasteria gracilis Baker
Gasteria gracilis is a small succulent with stemless rosettes up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. The leaves are distichous, fleshy, fat, tongue-like, smooth and very variable in color, from shiny green to green speckled or pale grayish-green. The flowers are reddish-pink and green, up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long and usually appear form midwinter to spring.
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.
Gasteria gracilis is not currently considered a valid species. It was described a long time ago (Baker 1880), with no preserved samples. Some relate it with Gasteria bicolor.
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