The Gasterias are small to medium sized leaf succulents, which are closely related to the Aloes and Haworthias. All species produce very thick, rigid, succulent leaves which are typically textured with small bumps, “warts”, reticulations, and granular textures.The leaves of most species are frequently spotted in silvery white, or with one or more contrasting tones of green: some plants may bear streaks of whitish variegation, but in cultivated plants, many of which have been selected for their unusual colors, the leaves may be streaked and spotted in whites, yellows, pinks and grays, and may bear multiple green tones as well. I have also seen plants with vivid yellow and red variegations, and in plants which have been grown in particularly bright conditions, produce brick red pigmentations in their foliage. Seedlings and young offsets of virtually all species usually produce their leaves in disthicous fans, in which alternate leaves are produced opposite of one another, but with age and maturity, most species will produce their leaves in spiraling rosettes, and a few species will produce rosettes from the outset. All gasterias will produce offsets from the base of the plant, and many will do so prolifically to produce large mounds containing many plantlets; although a few species will only offset sparingly once the plant is quite mature and well established. Perhaps the most diagnostic trait of Gasterias are its flowers which are tubular, with an inflated, bulbous base, which gives its flowers a stomach-
Even so, most people who grow Gasterias are attracted to their growth habits and attractively marked and textured foliage; the flowers are just the “icing on the cake”. In addition, most people who have grown these plants appreciate their ease of culture, as the Gasterias are amongst the most forgiving and adaptable of all of the succulents, tolerating a wide range of growing conditions and light levels. I have seen plants grown under conditions ranging from deep shade to full sun, and while plants will typically grow better under brighter light, they seem to fare surprisingly well under lower light, making these plants especially suited as houseplants
Gasteria glomerata is a rather curious species, -
The slightly silvery surface of this particular cultivar appears to be due to the presence of a waxy coating on its foliage which can be better detected on the photograph taken when this plant was younger. Handling, and contact with the plant can rub away this waxy coating, revealing a somewhat darker green pigmentation.
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The terrain of Gasteria glomerata is rugged, inhospitable and the plants occur on sheer, vertical, shady, south-
I really appreciate this plant for its ease of care and its interesting, highly succulent foliage. While it lacks the attractive mottled and splotched foliage of most other Gasteria species, I find that its more uniform, compact growth, seen especially well in older specimens, more than compensates. It has a modest elegance about it -