Aloe distans Haw.
Jeweled Aloe, Golden Tooth Aloe
Aloe mitriformis subsp. distans
Aloe distans is a succulent plant with long trailing stems that bear blue-green leaves with golden spines on the margins. The stems are topped with tight rosettes that grow up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. The plant suckers along its stems so that the many outward-moving heads radiate many feet out from the center. The capitate heads of coral tubular flowers appear from mid-summer to fall.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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.
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 divide the root ball carefully. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently.
It needs a 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 South Africa.
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