Aloe buettneri A.Berger
West African Aloe
Aloe agavifolia, Aloe barteri, Aloe congolensis, Aloe paedogona, Aloe paludicola
Aloe buettneri, also known as Aloe congolensis, is a small succulent that forms rosettes of thick fleshy bright green leaves rimmed by alternating paired or solitary teeth. It forms an underground bulb-like base making the plant appear stemless. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. Leaves turn reddish-brown when the plant is under drought or cold stress. Flowers are pinkish-red or reddish-orange and appear arranged in a loose panicle from late fall to mid-winter.
This species is known for its medicinal uses.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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.
These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. However, in the spring, repot Aloes tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third of sand or pebbles. When repotting a larger plant, it is possible to divide the root ball carefully. Some varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.
Aloe plants need 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 succulent 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 West Africa.
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