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Gasteria pulchra

Succulents provide structural form year-round, but it is at this time that Gasteria pulchra provides floral interest in the Continents Apart House.
The genus Gasteria occurs naturally in South Africa and Namibia, with this species originating in temperate South Africa. It is a relatively easy species to cultivate under glass where it benefits from bright light, and gritty compost. This is a clump-forming species whose rigid, angular, textured leaves can reach 30cm in length. The pale-pink flowers are flushed in a contrasting pale green, and it is these which provide the specific Latin name 'pulchra', or pretty. The flowers are borne in racemes on stems up to 30cm.
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