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Aloe juvenna (Tiger Tooth Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe juvenna Brandham & S. Carter

Common Names

Tiger Tooth Aloe

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Description 

Aloe juvenna is a small succulent, much-branched from the base with erect to arching stems densely packed with triangular leaves. The stems are up to 2 feet (60 cm) long. Leaves are bright green to reddish in full sun, with prominent creamy-white spots and margins that have small teeth. Flowers appear in summer on an unbranched, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall spike. They are bright coral-pink to orange-red with a yellow-green mouth.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Tiger Tooth Aloe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Like all succulents, it wants soil that drains well.

This succulent does great in direct or partially shaded light, so if you can, move it outside for the spring and summer.

It is considered to be drought-tolerant and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. Water them sparingly. Once every week or two, when the soil is completely dry, is best. When in doubt, underwater. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size, and other conditions.  When growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Add a small amount of fertilizer to the new pots to encourage them to resume growth.

Remove brown, dead leaves with clippers or by hand to allow room for new growth, and to maintain aesthetics.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Tiger Tooth Aloe (Aloe juvenna).

Origin

Aloe juvenna is native to Kenya.

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