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Aloe deltoideodonta

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Scientific Name

Aloe deltoideodonta Baker

Synonyms

Aloe horombensis, Aloe rossii

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe deltoideodonta is a stemless or short-stemmed Aloe that grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. It is an aggressive offsetter and has fleshy, pale green, spotted or unspotted leaves with very small teeth. Leaves are up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide. Short-branched or unbranched conical inflorescence with red-orange flowers appears in late summer to fall.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 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, it is essential that Aloe is never 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. In the spring, repot the plants that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During the repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball. 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Origin

Aloe deltoideodonta is native to Madagascar.

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