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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterDry

Description

Aloe genus. This is a large genus of around 500 species which includes evergreens, rosettes, trees, shrubs, perennials and scandent climbers with succulent foliage. The flowers are tubular to bell shaped and will open progressively from the base. The leaves will vary greatly between species in size, colour and prickles on the margins or surfaces.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs, Trees or Succulents

Origin

Africa, Madagascar

The name Aloe comes from the Arabic 'alloeh' which means 'shining bitter substance for shining beautiful skin'.

Interest and use

Used as ornamentals, for medicinal and sometimes culinary use.

Cultivation

They are frost tender with a min of 5C. The trees and shrubs will spread over 30cm. They will generally prefer full sun, and most of the smaller species will prefer partial shade. They will need very well drained soil.

Propagation

Propagation is by seed, stem cuttings, or offsets in the spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs and crown rot.

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