Aloe claviflora Burch.
Kraal Aloe, Cannon Aloe, Jackal's Tail Aloe
Aloe decora, Aloe schlechteri
Aloe claviflora is a usually stemless succulent plant, but short stems may form in old specimens, which grow horizontally along the ground. Unlike other typical Aloes in arid areas, it does not have erect rosettes. Instead, they face outward, giving them a characteristically asymmetric shape. The firm, leathery textured leaves are grayish-green, sometimes with a whitish appearance. They are up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and have sharp, brown spines along the margins. There are also some spines along the middle of the lower surface of the leaves, which extend toward the apex. The inflorescence is never erect but always at a slanted angle, almost prostrate on the ground. They are usually unbranched, but in rare cases, up to 4 branches may appear. The young flowers are bright red but turn yellow and whitish as they age with time.
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 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.
This species is native to South Africa.
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