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Products > Gasteria bicolor
 
Gasteria bicolor - Lawyer's Tongue
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Gasteria maculata]
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Gasteria bicolor (Lawyer's Tongue) - This native to the Southern Cape Province of South Africa has fleshy 6-8 inch long by 1 inch wide rough, pointed tongue-like foliage. The peculiar leaves are dark green spotted with small white dots and the tips of the leaves are a rosy color. These leaves grow out of the center of the plant and with maturity they recurve to the ground. Pink flowers that bulge down towards their middle, looking a bit like a Buddha's belly, rise well above the foliage on a branched inflorescence in the summer. It makes offsets freely. Does best in full coastal sun or light shade. Plants in shade have longer leaves and rarely have a red tinge in the foliage. Irrigate sparingly. Also a great potted plant. It is hardy to about 20 degrees F.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may 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 bicolor.
 
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