Aloe descoingsii Reynolds
Aloe descoingsii var. descoingsii, Guillauminia descoingsii
This species is native to southwestern Madagascar. It grows on limestone cliffs at an elevation of about 1,150 feet (350 m).
Aloe descoingsii is a small succulent that stemless rosettes of dull green, triangular leaves with with toothed margins and decorative white warts on both surfaces. It is regarded as the smallest Aloe species. The rosettes grow up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter, freely producing offsets to form a spectacular mound of dozens or even hundreds of rosettes.
From spring to summer, the plant produces slender, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long stalks bearing urn-shaped, scarlet flowers lightening to slightly orange at the tips.
The specific epithet "descoingsii (des-KOYN-see-eye)" honors Bernard Descoings (1931-2018), a French botanist who first discovered this species.
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. 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 of sand or pebbles. When repotting a larger plant, dividing the root ball carefully is possible. Some kinds of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
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