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Products > Gasteria glomerata
Gasteria glomerata - Ox Tongue

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Gasteria glomerata (Ox Tongue) - A very attractive slow growing small species of Gasteria that reaches to about 4 inches tall and suckers to make dense clumps to 1 foot wide. It has short (1 to 2 inch) slightly recurved grey-green rounded strap-shaped leaves that are held distichously (paired opposite each other) and are slightly rough in texture. The attractive small flowers appear primarily in spring and have a bulbous reddish orange base and a green tip held pendant in unbranched outwardly arching 8 inch long inflorescences. The shape of these flowers, with bulbous bases and narrow lips, is called "gasteriform", meaning shaped like the stomach, which is the basis for the name of the genus. Plant in a well-drained soil in shade to part sun, though can color up interestingly and is shorter and flatter if it receives some direct sun, at least for us along the coast. Irrigate occasionally in summer but allow to go dry between watering and can subsist on rainfall through winter. Has proven hardy to 25 F - went without damage during our January 2007 freeze with 3 nights down to this temperature. A great container or succulent garden plant for a bright shady or morning sun spot. It is easy to grow and, though not fast growing, it is long lived and multiplies well. In the wild this plant is a rare endemic confined to the lower Kouga River at Kouga Dam near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. It grows from 1,600 to 2,300 feet in elevation along steep rocky shaded south facing cliffs. This area can get winter and summer rainfall. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'gaster' meaning "stomach", in reference to the swollen shape of the base of the flower. The specific epithet means clustered into a head and pertains to its densely arranged flower clusters. This plant was discovered, and then described in 1991, by the botanist Ernst Van Jaarsveld. Van Jaarsveld was then on staff at Kirstenbosch and is the author of Gasterias Of South Africa: A New Revision Of A Major Succulent Group. Our plants came from the collection of Stockton succulent collector Alice Waidhofer who got her plant from Van Jaarsveld's initial distribution of plants from this type locality.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate 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 that might aid others in growing  Gasteria glomerata.