Aloe bellatula Reynolds
Aloe bellatula is a small succulent that forms a dense clump of stemless rosettes of thin leaves. Although both surfaces of the leaves are covered with rough papillae, they are very flexible. The leaves are up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long, with the upper side slightly grooved. Tiny pale teeth along the leaf margins make them feel rough rather than sharp. Flowers are bell-shaped, bright coral-red, and appear at the end of a long stalk.
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. However, as with all succulents, Aloe must never be allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.
Aloes 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 the repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to divide the root ball carefully. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently.
It needs a strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a cactus fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
This species is native to Madagascar.
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