Aloe inexpectata Lavranos & T.A.McCoy
This species is native to Madagascar.
Aloe inexpectata is a small succulent with stems that hold rosettes of blue-green to grey-green leaves with reddish teeth. It slowly grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall, branching at the base. Leaves tend to curl, making a nearly tubular shape. They are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide. Flowers are tubular, red with white tips and appear in summer and fall on erect, unbranched, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall inflorescences.
The specific epithet "inexpectata" derives from the Latin word "inexpectatus," meaning "unexpected or unforeseen" and probably refers to the surprising discovery of this species.
How to Grow and Care for Aloe inexpectata
Light: When growing A. inexpectata indoors, place your plant near a southern or southwest-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Soil: Plant A. inexpectata in a well-drained soil specially formulated for succulents or make your own soil mix. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.
Hardiness: When temperatures shift below 50 °F (10 °C), it is time to bring your Aloes inside. In the spring, once the threat of frost has passed, move them back outside. A. inexpectata can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.
Watering: Aloes do need regular watering but are very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water your A. inexpectata deeply, but only when the soil is dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months.
Fertilizing: A. inexpectata generally does not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Feed with a fertilizer for cacti and other succulents in spring and summer only.
Repotting: These plants are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot your A. inexpectata in the spring in a container a few inches larger in diameter. When roots are growing out of the drainage hole, that is a sign that it is time to repot.
Propagation: Propagating Aloe can be done using the offsets, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant. Take cuttings and remove offsets from the mother plant in late spring or early summer. For best results, sow seeds during the warm months.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
Toxicity of Aloe inexpectata
A. inexpectata is not listed as toxic for people and pets.
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