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PlantFiles: Ox-tongue
Gasteria nitida

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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

Category:
Cactus and Succulents

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

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Succulent

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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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




Regional...

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

Meriden, Connecticut
Bonita Springs, Florida



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