Aloe broomii Schönland
Mountain Aloe, Snake Aloe
Aloe broomii var. broomii
Aloe broomii is a succulent plant that forms rosettes of thick fleshy leaves edged with small thorns. It usually grows single-stemmed, although it may split into groups with up to three rosettes. Leaves are 12 inches (30 cm) long and up to 4 inches (10 cm) wide. The thorns are very dark compared to other species whose thorns are either green or white. This plant's most notable feature is its odd inflorescence, where the flowers are hidden by the extended bracts, giving it a snake-like appearance, hence its name.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Aloes can live long and thrive with very little care. These plants are great for beginners.
When growing Aloes indoors, place your plants near a southern or southwest-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. To keep your Aloes looking green, avoid exposing them to direct sun, which can cause leaves to brown. Rotate the pots once or twice a week so that all sides of the plants receive equal lighting. Rotating your Aloe also helps balance out the plant's look, as leaves tend to grow toward the sunlight.
Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day. An excellent spot for growing Aloe outdoors is on a covered patio or porch.
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.
These succulents need regular watering but are tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is completely dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months. Overwatering is the top reason Aloe plants die. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
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