Gasteria pillansii Kensit
Namaqua Gasteria, Mother-in-Law's Tongue, Lawyer's Tongue, Cow Tongue Cactus, Cattle Tongue
Gasteria pillansii var. pillansii, Gasteria neliana
Gasteria pillansii is stemless succulent with strap-shaped leaves arranged in two opposite rows. It is very variable species in its appearance and especially in its size. Rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and 16 inches (40 cm) wide. Flowers are up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) long with slightly swollen bases for up to 1/3 of the length.
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.
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