Cow Tongue Cactus, Ox Tongue, Dutch Wings
|Their curious fleshy, spotted leaves and tubular flowers with swollen middles earned them their common name, as well as the Latin name, from gaster, or belly. The leaves arc out in two opposite rows when young, later forming a spiral rosette. In spring, slender flower stalks bear long-lasting blossoms, pink to vermilion with yellow-green tips. Established plants may flower right into winter. Seedpods ripen from green to brown. Similar-looking plants called Gastroleas are hybrids of Gasterias and their cousins, the Aloes. They like dry conditions, but unlike Aloes, need shade from midday sun, or their leaves will scorch. Plant in loose, fertile soil and water infrequently, with a thorough soaking only when the soil has dried out. Keep nearly dry in cool seasons, and during their semi-dormant period from mid-June to August. Outdoor plants will tolerate only brief frost. Grow more from offsets or cuttings.
Bands of greenish-white spots mark the smooth dark green leaves, up to 2 feet long and 4 inches across.
Attributes - Gasteria acinacifolia
Plant Type: Succulent
Bloom Season: Early Spring through Late Spring
Flower Color: Pink, Yellow
Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft.
Width: 4 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance.