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Aloe striata – Coral Aloe

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Scientific Name

Aloe striata Haw.

Common Names

Coral Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe albocincta, Aloe hanburiana, Aloe paniculata, Aloe rhodocincta

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe striata is a beautiful succulent up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall and up to 2 feet (60 cm) wide, with rosettes of a few flat, broad, pale gray-green leaves that vary in color depending on the amount of sunlight. In hot full sun the foliage is pinkish and in more shaded spots they are often bluish-green. The leaves have notable dark narrow lines running longitudinally and toothless pale reddish nearly transparent leaf margins. In late winter into early spring emerge up to three 2 foot (60 cm) tall stems that branch and hold clusters of coral-red flowers.

Aloe striata - Coral Aloe

Photo via monrovia.com

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it’s essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering. Water generously in the summer and nearly cease watering in the winter. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.

Aloe are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot plants in the spring that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Origin

Native to South Africa.

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