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Gasteria carinata var. verrucosa

 
Gasteria carinata var. verrucosa
ox tongue
Gasteria carinata var. verrucosa
Those stomach-like flowers

Common name ox tongue
Family asphodelaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z10)
Flowers coral-red (summer)
Light filtered sun-part shade

This plant came to our house in a "succulent garden" pot of various unnamed plants, all of which found a new home in the backyard rock garden. I have no idea about species, hardiness, and ultimate habit of most of them, so it's a fun experiment. After the gasteria started blooming, I asked some friendly folks at Gardenweb to identify it for me. Gasterias are named for the sac-like shape of their flowers, which supposedly resemble little stomachs. I'm glad I got to see them this summer, because there is no way our plant will come through the winter alive.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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