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Aloe castilloniae

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Scientific Name

Aloe castilloniae J.-B.Castillon

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe castilloniae is an unusual, low sprawling Aloe that grows as dense cluster up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and spreads slowly over time to several feet wide. The leafy stems are tipped by the 3 inch (7.5 cm) wide rosettes of up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long recurved and rough textured, olive green leaves that have prominent, red teeth. Flowering and most growth is put on in fall and winter and going somewhat dormant in the heat of summer. The few orange flowers are held on a very short, up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall, simple, unbranched inflorescence.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 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. 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. Water generously in the summer and nearly cease watering in the winter. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.

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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe

Origin

Native to Madagascar.

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