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Aloe tenuior – Fence Aloe

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Scientific Name

Aloe tenuior Haw.

Common Names

Fence Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe tenuior var. tenuior

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe tenuior is a medium-sized, bushy Aloe that forms clumps up to 10 feet (3 m) tall, with leaves tufted at the ends of branches. The leaves have a distinctive grayish-green color and the leaf margins have tiny white teeth. An unusually large, woody rootstock usually forms on the ground at the base of the plant. Flowers are borne on slender racemes and are bright yellow. It flowers throughout the year, but especially in winter, and the small flowers appear on thin, unbranched racemes. It is one of the most profusely flowering of all Aloes.

Aloe tenuior - Fence Aloe

Photo via kumbulanursery.co.za

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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 the grasslands and thickets of the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal and Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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