A gasteria that lives up to its name, Little Warty is a clumping succulent plant with interesting almost plastic-like elongated leaves marked with rough white spots and silvery green streaks. Easy to look after on a sunny windowsill. Billed as a must-have plant by the online guide Cactuspedia. We second that. Light position. Well drained soil. 6 in. 1 litre decorative pot.


Now Gasteria Little Warty has a reputation for being a slow grower, but in all honesty we find it makes noticeable progress in the course of a season if you water it weekly and talk to it nicely when you do so (and at other times too, naturally). It won’t occupy a lot of space, so is a good candidate for that classic windowsill position where it will thrive in bright or indeed low-light conditions. This plant is a cross by Australian David Cummings between Gasteria Batesiana and a variety known as Old Man Silver and in its short availability has become a very popular specimen, being rewarding and easy to grow.

Gasteria are so called because the (usually orange) flowers are pouch-like in shape and bear some resemblance to a stomach, which is gaster in Greek (hence gastric, etc). We haven’t seen Little Warty in bloom as yet, but Dragon Skin has flowered for us and we’d guess it would be similar in style.

Gasteria are native to South Africa and Namibia so clearly like it hot and dry; take your cue from that in terms of plant care. In practice that means little or no care at all: as is so often the case, overwatering is the biggest risk factor involved in looking after succulents. As suggested above, a splash of water once a week is generally sufficient from spring to autumn, and you can leave it alone in the winter months unless you have it somewhere particularly hot and dry. The leaves will visibly shrinkand become flatter before you restart watering in the spring, but then that’s what they are supposed to do.

The video below provides some close up views of a pot specimen of Gasteria LIttle Warty.

Gasteria Little Warty is a perennial succulent houseplant with elongated thick dark green leaves marked with rough white spots and silvery green streaks.

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