Aloe compressa var. schistophila H.Perrier
Aloe compressa var. schistophila is a small, stemless or short-stemmed succulent with fleshy, gray-green leaves arranged in two opposite vertical rows. The leaves are narrow, with a pointed tip and small teeth along the margins. They can grow up to 15.6 inches (39 cm) long and 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide.
The flowers are tubular, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, white with three brown veins, and appear clustered at the tip of an unbranched stalk.
Aloe compressa var. schistophila is native to central Madagascar. It grows on schistose rocks north of Ambatofinandrahana at about 4,600 feet (1400 m) above sea level.
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. 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 of sand or pebbles. When repotting a larger plant, dividing the root ball carefully is possible. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently.
It needs intense, bright light. They can withstand full summer sunlight 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.
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