Black Gem

Gasteria nigricans monstrose


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Also called Sharkskin Gasteria or Black Gasteria. A perennial succulent from the South African genus of fairly rare, aloe-like Gasteria, which now number around 24 species cultivated for sale as houseplants.

Gasteria leaves are long and roughly textured, which has led to their colloquial name being “ox tongue”. Shallow-rooted and slow growing, Gasteria make very good houseplants because they can tolerate very low light conditions. This plant is distinctive for its unusual growing pattern, with small, haphazard, dark green rosettes formed from leaves growing in all directions. Its coloring ranges from dark green to almost black, while sun stress brings out reddish tones. In bloom, the plant features salmon-pink, bell-shaped flowers.

Keep in light shade to shade, whether as an indoor or outdoor plant.


90 mm pot, Off set pup