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Products > Gasteria acinacifolia
Gasteria acinacifolia - Giant Gasteria

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Gasteria acinacifolia (Giant Gasteria) - A medium-sized rosette-forming succulent that grows to 2 feet tall by as wide (this is the largest of the Gasteria) with dark green white-spotted leaves that are broad at the base and narrow and pointed at the tip. It has a flat topped inflorescence rising to 3 feet tall in spring with orange-red stems of nectar-rich and bird-attracting tubular flowers that are orange at the base and have green petals. Can tolerate cool coastal sun but looks best in part sun to light shade. Plant in a well-drained soil and water occasionally to very little. Though often listed as not tolerating much of a frost we have not had problems with this plant with short duration temperatures to 25F but it would be wise to protect if colder or longer cold periods are expected. Good in beach plantings as large container plant or garden plant. This plant has long been in cultivation in Europe having been cultivated in Holland as early as 1809. The specific epithet “acinacifolia” is in reference to the scimitar-shaped leaves. Our plants are produced vegetatively from an original stock plant from the collection of Stockton, CA succulent grower Alice Waidhofer.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Gasteria acinacifolia.