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PlantFiles: Ox-tongue
Gasteria nitida

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Gasteria (gas-TAIR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: nitida (NI-ti-duh) (Info)

Synonym:Gasteria decipiens
Synonym:Gasteria nitida var. grandipunctata
Synonym:Gasteria nitida var. parvipunctata
Synonym:Gasteria nitida var. nitida
Synonym:Gasteria obtusa

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Nov 5, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

At least here, outdoors in California, this plant prefers full sun, not filtered light. Is large and very unlike its cousin, Gasteria nitida var armstrongii. Though starts out distichous, eventually forms a circular rosette of very thick, upward pointing, stiff, pointed leaves. It is a dark, somewhat irregularly mottled green plant with some very dark green areas. Gets to be fairly large for a Gasteria (though there are much larger ones than this species).

Neutral bbrookrd On Apr 4, 2007, bbrookrd from Nantucket, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

indirect light ( medium to bright)
zone 9-10
prefers moderate to warm temp
Native of South Africa
soak when completely dry
propagation by seed, or leaf cuttings


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

Meriden, Connecticut
Bonita Springs, Florida

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