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Gasteria batesiana 'Barberton' (Cow's Tongue)



Gasteria batesiana 'Barberton,' commonly known as 'Cow's Tongue,' is a small to medium-sized, rosette-forming succulent in the family Asphodelaceae. It is characterized by its thick, dark green leaves that are covered with rough, white tubercles, giving them a textured appearance. The leaves are often long, narrow, and pointed, resembling a cow's tongue, hence the common name. This plant produces tubular, orange-red flowers with green tips on long, slender stems, typically blooming in late winter to early spring.



Gasteria batesiana is native to South Africa, particularly the Barberton region, hence its name. It thrives in rocky, well-draining soils and is often found in the shade of other plants or in crevices. Its natural habitat experiences seasonal rainfall and moderate temperatures.


Care Sheet:

  • Light:

    • Requirement: Bright, indirect light to partial shade.
    • Details: Gasteria batesiana 'Barberton' prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate partial shade. Direct sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day, can cause leaf scorching. If grown indoors, place it near a window with filtered light or in an east- or west-facing window.
  • Watering:

    • Requirement: Moderate watering with a dry period.
    • Details: Water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch, then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot. Reduce watering in the winter when the plant is dormant.
  • Soil:

    • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
    • Details: Use a cactus or succulent mix, or create your own blend with sand, perlite, and a small amount of organic matter to ensure excellent drainage. The soil should be gritty and loose.
  • Temperature:

    • Requirement: Warm temperatures.
    • Details: Ideal temperatures range from 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Protect the plant from frost and avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
  • Humidity:

    • Requirement: Low humidity.
    • Details: This plant prefers dry conditions and does not require additional humidity. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal issues, especially in humid environments.
  • Fertilizing:

    • Requirement: Light fertilization.
    • Details: Fertilize sparingly with a diluted, balanced fertilizer during the growing season (spring to early summer). Avoid over-fertilizing, which can harm the plant.
  • Repotting:

    • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
    • Details: Repot only when necessary, typically every few years or when the plant has outgrown its container. Handle the plant gently to avoid damaging its roots.
  • Propagation:

    • Requirement: Offsets or leaf cuttings.
    • Details: Propagate by carefully removing offsets that grow at the base of the parent plant or by leaf cuttings. Allow cuttings to dry and callous before planting in a well-draining mix.


By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Gasteria batesiana 'Barberton,' enjoying its unique, textured foliage and beautiful flowers in your collection of succulents.

Gasteria batesiana Barberton 'cow's tongue'

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