Aloe aristata – Lace Aloe, Torch Plant

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Scientific Name

Aloe aristata Haw.

Common Names

Lace Aloe, Torch Plant

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Aloe aristata

Description

Aloe aristata is a stemless, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall, clump-forming succulent with dense rosettes of stubby, lance-shaped, toothed, white-margined, dark green leaves, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, with small white spots and soft white spines, particularly beneath. In the fall, produces terminal panicles, up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall, 2 to 6 branched, bearing cylindrical, orange-red flowers, up to 1.5 inches (4 cm) long.

How to Grow and Care

Easy to grow, requiring very little care, ideal choice for novice gardeners. Plant in well drained, rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Water and feed regularly during the growing season to prevent tip dieback and preserve its perfect form. Allow soil to dry out in between regular watering schedule. Water very sparingly during the dormant season… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe aristata.

Uses

The Pondo people use the juice of Lace Aloe mixed with water to wash their bodies for its tonic and refreshing effect.

Origin

Native to Lesotho and South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal).

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