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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Distichous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Dec 29, 2020 3:51 PM

Small, low succulent with distichous leaves (in two rows) and pink flowers. The leaves are dark green with whitish spots often arranged in transverse bands, and they have a rough, sandpapery texture. The plant may vary in size, up to about 10-12 inches wide, and usually clumps prolifically in cultivation. It tends to flower in early spring. G. disticha flowers are relatively small and distinctly swollen for about 2/3 of their length.

Three varieties are currently recognized. Gasteria disticha var. disticha is most widely distributed in nature and often has an undulating, wrinkled margin. Gasteria disticha var. langebergensis has smaller, narrower leaves with small teeth. Gasteria disticha var. robusta has shorter, firmer leaves and flowers in summer.

This species can be resolved from G. brachyphylla based on leaf texture (rough, not smooth or shiny; though juvenile brachyphylla leaves may be rough) and it may be resolved from G. pillansii based on its flowers (shorter and much more swollen). It is found in the Western Cape and may grow with summer or winter rainfall.

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