Aloe descoingsii Reynolds
Aloe descoingsii var. descoingsii, Guillauminia descoingsii
Aloe descoingsii is a clump-forming succulent, regarded as the smallest Aloe, with stemless rosettes, only about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are dull green, tapered, up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long, with toothed margins and small white warts on both surfaces. It produces deep red and yellow-orange flowers on up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall racemes from spring to summer.
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. 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. Water generously in the summer and nearly cease watering in the winter. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.
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 the 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.
Native to southwestern Madagascar.
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