Aloe arborescens 'Variegata'
Accepted Scientific Name
Aloe arborescens Mill.
Candelabra Aloe, Candelabra Plant, Gilded Candelabra, Krantz Aloe, Mountain Bush Aloe, Octopus Plant, Sword Aloe, Torch Aloe, Torch Plant, Tree Aloe
Aloe arborescens f. variegata
Aloe arborescens 'Variegata' is a succulent shrub with branching stems that hold rosettes of thick fleshy variegated leaves. It grows up to 10 feet (3 m) tall. Leaves are sword-shaped, toothed, and green with cream-colored or yellow bands. Occasionally it produces tubular, red flowers in erect terminal racemes that may appear in winter once the stalk matures.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Torch Aloe is an easy and rewarding plant to grow and is popular in many countries. It enjoys full sun, well-drained, compost-enriched soil, and can tolerate moderate frost but is sensitive to severe frost. It is fast-growing, and it will tolerate drought and neglect once established. It is grown mainly as an ornamental or an accent plant but is also an excellent and impenetrable hedge plant.
During the active growth period, water plentifully as necessary to keep the potting soil thoroughly moist. During the rest period, water your Aloe only enough to prevent the soil from drying out. Apply a standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the active growth period.
It grows well in average room temperatures and is tolerant of dry air. However, to encourage flowering, it is best to give the plants a short winter rest at a temperature of no more than 50 °F (10 °C).
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
This succulent is a form of Aloe arborescens selected for its variegated leaves.
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