Gasteria gracilis variegata "YELLOW"
This is not a fully recognized species, though this Gasteria is
frequently sold under this name.
This form of it is very small and best in pots. It is a prolific but
slow clustering species.
Very popular for small dish gardens.
Description: Gasteria gracilis (Probably G. bicolor now) is not
currently considered a valid species. One problem with Gasteria is that
there are so many hybrids between species, hybrids with Aloes and
Haworthias, seedling variability, and differences between juvenile and
adult plants, that it becomes almost impossible to distinguish many
forms from one another. Particularly the name gracilis is used for
wildly different forms and can cause confusion.
Rosettes: 5-7 cm in diameter; stemless with basal leaves.
Leaves: Fleshy, fat, pillowy, tongue-like.
Smooth, shiny, green
speckled, wide with white dots and variably striped with yellow. 3-5 cm long and 1 to 2,5 cm. wide.
Distichous. Leaves may turn red if plant is
Flowers: Small up to 2 cm, pendulous, tubular,
bicoloured reddish-pink and green that look like
little stomachs. The inflorescence can be branched and tall.
Blooming Time: Flowers can be produced any
time of year, peaking in midwinter to spring.
Gasteria is easily propagated by the removal of offshoots or by leaf
cuttings in spring or summer. To propagate by leaf cuttings, remove a
leaf and let it lie for about one month, giving the wound time to heal.
Then lay the leaf on its side with the basal part buried in the soil.
This leaf should root within a month or two, and small plants will form
at the leaf base. They can also be grown from seed.
Scientific name: Gasteria gracilis
Garden origin (Nursery
- Gasteria f. variegata yellow
- Gasteria minima variegata
Very dwarf clustering stacks of yellow striped fat pillowy leaves
pushing out to eventually from fabulous hemispheres of many heads of
bowtie plantlets. Attractive and easy.
Cultivation: They are of easy cultivation, which makes them a good
houseplant, and can be an excellent subject for the beginning gasteriaphile (it can grow easily on window sills, verandas and in
miniature succulent gardens where they are happy to share their habitat
with other smaller succulent plants, or in outdoor rockeries).
The plant needs light
shade to shade, but will take full sun part of the day. (with some sun
exposure the leaf develops a nice reddish tint and remains compact) They
are tolerant of a wide range of soils and habitats, but prefer a very
porous potting mix to increase drainage. During the hot summer months,
the soil should be kept moist but not overly wet. The plants are
fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced
fertilizer diluted to ½ the recommended strength. During the winter
months, water only when the soil becomes completely dry.
Photo of conspecific taxa,
varieties, forms and cultivars of
plants belonging to the
has lots of synonyms
(like many other Gasterias),
several controversial varieties and subspecies, and comprises a multitude of different forms, but where each form
is linked to others by populations of plants with intermediate