Aloe compressa H.Perrier
Aloe compressa var. compressa
Aloe compressa is a stemless or short-stemmed succulent with 15 to 20 triangular leaves arranged in two lines. The leaves are grayish-green with a rounded tip and green or red-tipped teeth on the margins. They are up to 15 inches (37.5 cm) long and up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide. The inflorescence is unbranched, up to 28 inches (70 cm) tall, with the flowers clustered at the tip. The flowers are white with three brown veins.
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. 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 divide the root ball carefully. 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 Madagascar.
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