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Aloe bellatula

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Scientific Name

Aloe bellatula Reynolds

Synonyms

Guillauminia bellatula

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe bellatula is a small, stemless and suckering Aloe that forms dense, fleshy clump of upright leaves. The leaves are thin, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long, with the upperside slightly grooved. Although both surfaces of the leaves are covered with rough papillae, they are very flexible. Tiny, pale teeth along the leaf margins make them feel rough rather than sharp. The flowers are bell-shaped, bright coral-red, on the end of a long stalk.

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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.

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.

It needs 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

Origin

Native to Madagascar.

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