Aloe parvula A.Berger
Aloe sempervivoides, Lemeea parvula
Aloe parvula is a small succulent that usually grows as a solitary rosette or sometimes forms small groups. The rosettes grow up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. Leaves retain blue-violet color when given plenty of light. Otherwise, the color is grey-green when grown in the shade. Flowers are coral-red with yellow tips, simple, and hang loosely from the usually unbranched, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall inflorescence.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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 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 central Madagascar.
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