They are a drought resistant, shade loving, shallow-rooted type of succer. Gasterias are slow growers that range in height from 20 mm to 600 mm. They cope well indoors. The flowers are shaped like a stomach, hence the name of the plant. Flowers are usually tri-coloured green, white and a range of pale pink to red. The typical habitat of Gasterias consists of dry rocky hillsides, inhabited by herbs, with taller emergent shrubs, under which the Gasteria grow. They also grow in rock fissures and in the shade of rocks.
Gasteria should be planted in well-drained sandy soil. Most of the species prefer a bright shade with protection from direct sun and severe frost. Fertilize throughout growing season. Most Gasteria enjoy water year-round, but applied lightly.