Aloe linearifolia A.Berger
Dwarf Yellow Grass Aloe
This species is native to eastern South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape). It occurs in short open grasslands near the coast or hilly inland areas.
Aloe linearifolia is a small, stemless succulent with erect to erectly spreading leaves arranged in two opposite rows or rarely in the form of a rosette. It grows up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall, usually as a solitary plant or occasionally branched at the ground level. It is one of the Aloes with a grass-like appearance, commonly known as Grass Aloes. Leaves are narrow, usually finely toothed near the base, green with white and brown spots near the base on the lower surface. They are up to 10 inches (25 cm) long and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide. Flowers are tubular, greenish-yellow to yellow, about 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) long and 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter, and appear in a head-shaped raceme on a simple, erect, up to 14 inches (35 cm) tall stalk in late summer.
The specific epithet "linearifolia (lin-ee-ar-ee-FOH-lee-uh)" means "linear leaves" or "leaves in a linear shape" and refers to the shape of the leaves of this species. It is a compound of two Latin words, the adjective "linearis," meaning "consisting of lines" or "linear," and the plural form of the noun "folium," meaning "a leaf" or "a petal."
How to Grow and Care for Aloe linearifolia
Light: When growing A. linearifolia indoors, place your plant near a window that gets plenty of bright indirect light. Rotate the pot once or twice a week so that all sides of the plant receive equal lighting. Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Soil: Plant A. linearifolia in a well-drained soil mix specially formulated for succulents or make your own. 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 plant back inside. A. linearifolia can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.
Watering: This succulent does need regular watering but is very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.
Fertilizing: A. linearifolia generally does not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Feed with a fertilizer for succulents in spring and summer only. Be sure to follow the label directions.
Repotting: This plant is not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot it in the spring in a container a few inches larger in diameter every few years to keep it from becoming rootbound.
Propagation: Propagating A. linearifolia can be done using the offsets, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant. Remove offsets from the mother plant or take cuttings with a sharp knife 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 linearifolia
A. linearifolia is not listed as toxic for people and pets.
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