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Gasteria liliputana

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Gasteria (gas-TAIR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: liliputana (lil-ee-pyoo-TAH-na) (Info)

Synonym:Gasteria liliputiana
Synonym:Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Delayneplants On Mar 24, 2015, Delayneplants from Grand Portage, MN (Zone 5a) wrote:

This Gasteria is one of the easiest plants to remove the "Pups." All the larger pups have their own root system if you make sure they are of decent size before you remove them from the mother plant.

Positive hanna1 On Dec 14, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Dommon name: dwarf gasteria, (klein-beestongopcell). This is a rare dwarf succulent perennial with leaves in a rosette. Leaves are 15-100mm lg x 8-14mm broad, strap-shaped with rounded or acute top and a smooth, mottled ep9idermis.
Flowers can be produced any time of year, peaking in midwinter to spring, pendulous, tubular and reddish pink in color. From Eastern Cape thickets. Grows in shallow soil in the shade of other plants. Used in various traditional medicines. They thrive in cultivation both indoor and outdoors, used as a potted plants or outdoor rockeries, tolerant of a wide range os soils and habitats. Drought tolerant, well-drained soil, occasionally moistened during dry summer months. Leaves may turn red if plant is stressed.

Neutral cactus_lover On Oct 28, 2005, cactus_lover from FSD
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Short-stemed rosettes forming clumps;Dark green,spotted leaves tp 6 cm long;Inflorescence 10 cm long.

Neutral palmbob On Apr 15, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

commonly sold plant at any nursery that deal with succulents, at least here in So Cal... is an intensely suckeing gasteria, seeming growing on top of itself in areas of limited space. If grew any faster, would make a good groundcover. Speckled irregular leaves (some short, some long). Good potted plant. Survives easily down to zone 9b.

Neutral euphorbrom On Aug 23, 2001, euphorbrom from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9A) wrote:

Related to aloes. Red flowers have a little pouch at the base. Give them a well-drained soil, keep dryer in the winter.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Brentwood, California
Carlsbad, California
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Novato, California
San Diego, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Bartow, Florida
Gulfport, Mississippi
Cleveland, Ohio
Houston, Texas

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