Aloe 'Lavender Star II'
Aloe 'Lavender Star II' is a charming succulent that forms small rosettes of lance-shaped, deep blue-green to pale purple leaves speckled with red spiny tubercles and margins lined with decorative reddish teeth. This hybrid has slightly larger rosettes and leaves with more purple coloration than Aloe 'Lavender Star'.
The rosettes send up erect, branched stalks with racemes of tubular orange flowers, usually during the winter.
Aloe 'Lavender Star II' is one of the Kelly Griffin fancy-foliage hybrids involving a crossing of several species over a number of generations.
How to Grow and Care for Aloe 'Lavender Star II'
Light: When growing Aloe 'Lavender Star II' indoors, place it near a window with plenty of bright indirect light. Rotate the pot once or twice a week to ensure all sides of the plant receive equal lighting. Outdoors, the plant prefers light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Soil: Great drainage is essential for growing this plant because too much moisture for an extended period can cause root rot. Use commercial soil for succulents, or make your own well-draining mix.
Temperature: When temperatures shift below 50 °F (10 °C), it is time to bring this plant inside. It tolerates heat fairly well but will not survive a hard frost. Aloe 'Lavender Star II' grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: This plant needs regular watering but can tolerate drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is completely dry to the touch, and do not let water stand in the rosettes. Cut back on watering during the winter months.
Fertilizing: Although it generally does not require fertilizer, Aloe 'Lavender Star II' will benefit from extra nutrients. Use a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.
Repotting: Repot only as needed during spring. Pick a container that is one size larger and with drainage holes.
Propagation: To propagate Aloe 'Lavender Star II', remove the offsets from a mature plant from late spring to early summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
Toxicity of Aloe 'Lavender Star II'
Aloe 'Lavender Star II' is not listed as toxic for people and pets.
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