Aloe haworthioides Baker
Aloe haworthioides var. haworthioides, Aloinella haworthioides, Lemeea haworthioides
This species is native to Madagascar. It occurs in Central Highlands, mainly growing in rock cracks.
Aloe haworthioides is a small stemless succulent that forms dense rosettes of fleshy dark green leaves covered with soft, white, hairy spines. The rosettes grow up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are lance-shaped, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long, and up to 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) wide. Flowers are orange, tubular, highly fragrant, and appear clustered on simple, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall inflorescence in late summer and fall.
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. 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.
These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. However, in the spring, repot Aloes 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, it is possible to divide the root ball carefully. 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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
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