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Aloe albida (Grass Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe albida (Stapf) Reynolds

Common Names

Grass Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe kraussii var. minor, Aloe myriacantha var. minor, Leptaloe albida

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Origin

Native to South Africa and Swaziland. It grows in montane grassland and rocks crevices where the grasses are kept quite short.

Description

Aloe albida is a small succulent with long, narrow leaves and attractive white flowers. It is one of the Grass Aloes, a group of deciduous Aloes with grass-like appearance. The leaves are greyish- to bluish-green with a waxy coating, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long, and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) wide. Flowers appear on a single inflorescence, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall, usually in early fall.

The specific epithet "albida" is taken from the Latin word "albidus," meaning "whitish."

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How to Grow and Care

Light: When growing Aloes indoors, place your plants near a southern or southwest-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

Soil: Plant Aloes in a well-drained soil specially formulated for cacti and other succulents or make your soil mix. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.

Hardiness: Aloe albida can tolerate temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Watering: These succulents do need regular watering but are very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months.

Fertilizing: Aloes generally do not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients.

Repotting: These plants are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot them in the spring in a container a few inches larger in diameter every few years to keep it from becoming rootbound.

Propagation: Propagating Aloe can be done by using the offsets, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant.

Toxicity: Aloe albida is not listed as toxic for people and pets.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

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