Aloe longistyla Baker
Aloe longistyla is a dwarf stemless succulent, usually solitary but may well have 2 or 3 rosettes. Leaves are upright, blue-green, and with pale soft spines on lower leaf surfaces and margins. In fall to winter appear the very large, compared to the foliage, pale orange flowers with long exerted stamens and style on a short, upright, unbranched inflorescence just above the leaf tips. The flowers are followed by large gray fruit capsules.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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. However, as with all succulents, Aloe must never be allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.
Aloes 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 divide the root ball carefully. 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.
This species is native to South Africa in the Southern and Eastern Cape provinces, Little Karoo and western Great Karoo.
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