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Aloe albida (Grass Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe albida (Stapf) Reynolds

Common Name(s)

Grass Aloe

Synonym(s)

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

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

This species is 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 a 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.

Etymology

The specific epithet "albida (AL-bi-da)" is an inflected form of the Latin adjective "albidus," meaning "white." It refers to the white flowers of the species.

Aloe albida (Grass Aloe)

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How to Grow and Care for Aloe albida

Light: When growing A. albida indoors, place your plant near a window that gets plenty of bright indirect light. Rotate the pot once or twice a week so that all sides of the plant receive equal lighting. Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

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

Hardiness: When temperatures shift below 50 °F (10 °C), it is time to bring your plant back inside. A. albida can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Watering: This succulent does need regular watering but is 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. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.

Fertilizing: A. albida generally does not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Feed with a fertilizer for succulents in spring and summer only. Be sure to follow label directions.

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

Propagation: Propagating A. albida can be done using the offsets, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant. Remove offsets from the mother plant or take cuttings with a sharp knife in late spring or early summer. For best results, sow seeds during the warm months.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Toxicity of Aloe albida

A. albida is not listed as toxic for people and pets.

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