Gasteria

Plants in the genus Gasteria are native to southern Africa and are related to the Aloes. They are stemless plants with thick leaves often marked with spots of various colours and usually arranged in pairs though some spiral with age. The name Gasteria derives from the Latin word for 'stomach', and refers to the sack-like shape of the flower. Most gasterias tolerate low light levels, and make excellent indoor plants.

CULTIVATION TIPS
Summer grower. They thrive in light shade to shade, but will take sun for part of the day. Use a very porous potting mix to increase drainage. Water regularly during summer but let the soil dry out between waterings. Keep reasonable dry during winter. Frost hardy to -1°C

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Gasteria armstrongii Gasteria armstrongii

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Short thick rounded dark green leaves with many paler coloured tubercles giving a reptilian impression. To 10cm in diameter. Coral pink flowers in spring. (South Africa, Namibia). Light shade.

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Gasteria batesiana Gasteria batesiana

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A stunning succulent with thick triangular leaves, rough in texture, mid-green with speckled bands of white . Light shade.

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Gasteria batesiana dolomitica

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Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana

Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana

One of the smallest gasterias with glossy deep green slightly pointed leaves spotted with white offsetting freely to form clusters. To 5cm tall. (South Africa). Light shade.

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Gasteria 'Big Brother' Gasteria 'Big Brother'

Gasteria 'Big Brother'

A chunky smallish spiralling gasteria with short thick rounded heavily variegated silvery-white / dark green leaves. To 10cm in diameter. Light shade

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Gasteria 'Brisbane' Gasteria 'Brisbane'

Gasteria 'Brisbane'

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Gasteria carinata Gasteria carinata

Gasteria carinata

‘Ox Tongue’. Deep green slender leaves covered in raised white tubercles. To 10cm tall. (South Africa). Light shade.

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Gasteria disticha Gasteria disticha

Gasteria disticha

Smooth dark green leaves mottled with white and a very regular leaf arrangement. Pink/green flowers in spring. (South Africa). Part sun/light shade.

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Gasteria glomerata Gasteria glomerata

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An attractive, dwarf species, bearing rounded clusters of smooth grey-green leaves. Striking pink/red flowers in spring borne on long stems. Part sun/light shade.






Gasteria gracilis variegata Gasteria gracilis variegata

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A striking plant with shiny green/white speckled leaves striped with yellow. Small pendulous red / green flowers. NB: The degree of variagation is unpredictable. Offsets freely. Part sun/light shade.

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Gasteria maculata Gasteria maculata

Gasteria maculata

A very dark green densely packed species. Leaves can become almost black. To 10cm tall. Pink flowers in summer. (South Africa). Light shade.

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Gasteria marmorata v. variegata Gasteria marmorata v. variegata

Gasteria marmorata v. variegata

A rare and beautiful Gasteria with deep gren leaves irregularly streaked with white. (South Africa). Light shade.

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Gasteria nigrans Gasteria nigrans

Gasteria nigrans

Deep green thick rounded leaves mottled with paler green To 15cm tall by 20cm wide. Pink flowers in summer. (South Africa). Light shade

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Gasteria nigrans 'Eureka' Gasteria nigrans 'Eureka'

Gasteria nigrans 'Eureka'

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Gasteria pilansii Gasteria pilansii

Gasteria pilansii

Clump-forming. Strap-like deep green leaves mottled with white in transverse bands, white margins. Winter-grower. To 20cm high by 40cm wide. Orange / yellow flowers in spring. (Africa). Part sun/light shade.

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Gasteria pilansii var. ernesti-ruschii Gasteria pilansii var. ernesti-ruschii

Gasteria pilansii var. ernesti-ruschii

A striking gasteria with glossy bright green pointed leaves spotted with white. Turns apricot in the warmer months. (South Africa). Light shade.

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Gasteria 'Silver Swirls' Gasteria 'Silver Swirls'

Gasteria 'Silver Swirls'

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Gasteria verrucosa Gasteria verrucosa

Gasteria verrucosa

Long dark grey-green leaves heavily spotted with white tubercles. Offsets to form spectacular clumps. Red / pink flowers in spring. (South Africa). Light shade.

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Gasteria 'White Ghost' Gasteria 'White Ghost'

Gasteria 'White Ghost'

A small spiralling gasteria with mid green leaves mottled with paler green and lemon. Light shade.

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