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Aloe longistyla

Ramenas

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Features

  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPale pink
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green and white spines

Description

Aloe longistyla (Ramenas). A stemless, usually solitary, dwarf aloe with waxy leaves of about 15cm in length, which are spine-tipped and grey-green in colour. The white spines and teeth on the margins are curved. The flowers are held in dense, broad, cone-shaped racemes of deep salmon pink, tabular blooms, sometimes with up to 50 blooms per inflorescence. Recognisable by the long styles and stigmas which extend around 2 cms longer than mouths of the flower tubes.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Monocarpic, Succulent or Cactus

Origin

S. Africa.

Considered to be threatened by South African botanists, due to illegal collecting and overgrazing of its natural habitat.

Interest and use

Ornamental, drought tolerant, containers, dry gardens, xeriscaping.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Gritty
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

Quite difficult to grow.

Propagation

By seed or by offset.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs and crown rot.

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