Gasteria 'Little Warty'
Gasteria 'Little Warty' is a small succulent that slowly forms clumps of attractive leaves arranged in rosettes. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and 6 inches (15 cm) wide. Leaves are bright green to dark green with raised pale silvery-green or pale olive-green stripes and edges, short sharp points at the tip, and upper and lower surfaces covered with white pearly tubercles. The white and green color, along with its hard plastic appearance, make it looks very unusual.
This hybrid is indeed quite unstable, and several slightly different clones and growing forms are available.
How to Grow and Care
Gasterias 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.
These succulents 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, 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 succulent is a hybrid resulting from the cross between Gasteria batesiana and Gasteria 'Old Man Silver', obtained by the Australian hybridizer David Cumming.
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