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Products > Gasteria batesiana 'Pongola'
 
Gasteria batesiana 'Pongola' - Pongola Dam Gasteria
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Gasteria batesiana 'Pongola' - A low growing Gasteria to under 1 foot tall that remains mostly solitary with rosettes of narrow long brown mottled dark green recurved green leaves and tubular pink and green flowers in the summer. Can grow in cool coastal full sun where foliage is more colorful but also in part sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigated only occasionally late spring to fall. Hardy to at least 25 F. An easy to grow plant and showy blooming plant that is a great addition to the shade succulent garden in the ground or in a large pot. 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 and the specific epithet honors John Bates, a trolley-bus conductor in London who was an avid succulent collector. This species is the most northerly of the genus, growing from northern Natal to the Olifants River valley in north-eastern Transvaal. This variety was collected from the Pongola Dam area, where it is found in shady south facing rocky slopes, by Pretoria National Botanic Garden nursery manager Dave Hardy.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Gasteria batesiana 'Pongola'.
 
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