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Aloe humilis (Spider Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe humilis (L.) Mill.

Common Names

Spider Aloe, Blue Dwarf Aloe, Dwarf Hedgehog Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe echinata, Aloe incurva, Aloe macilenta, Aloe perfoliata var. humilis, Aloe suberecta, Aloe subtuberculata, Aloe tuberculata, Aloe verrucosospinosa, Aloe virens, Catevala humilis, Haworthia ferox

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe humilis is a low growing succulent that forms dense clusters of small, up to 8 inch (20 cm) wide, stemless (or very shortly stemmed) rosettes. The leaves are up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long and 0.7 inch (1,8 cm) wide, pale blue-green or grey-green, incurved, triangular-shaped (20 to 30 per rosette). They have long, soft, white, marginal spines up to 0.1 inch (3 mm) long and a gray-green, waxy surface covered with irregularly spaced bumps. The unbranched, up to 1.1 feet (35 cm) tall flower spikes bearing about 20 pendulous up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, bright red-orange flowers.

Hardiness

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. As with all succulents, it’s essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.

Aloe 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 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.

It needs 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

Origin

Native to South Africa (Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape).

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