Aloe pembana L.E.Newton
Pemba Aloe, Pemba Island Aloe
This species is native to Tanzania, formerly widespread across Pemba and surrounding islands, now restricted to a small area on Misali Island.
Aloe pembana, formerly known as Lomatophyllum pembanum, is a succulent plant with short erect stems and thick fleshy green leaves with toothed white margins. The leaves are arranged in a rosette that offsets from the base to form large clumps. Flowers are red and appear in summer arranged in racemes on a multi-branched inflorescence. This succulent is part of the Aloe group that bears fleshy berries, formerly classed as a separate genus Lomatophyllum.
The specific epithet "pembana" derives from "Pemba" and the Latin suffix "-ana" and refers to the location where the species was first discovered.
How to Grow and Care for Aloe pembana
Light: When growing Aloes indoors, place your plants near a southern or southwest-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Soil: Plant Aloes in well-drained soil specially formulated for cacti and other succulents or make your soil mix. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.
Hardiness: Aloe pembana can withstand temperatures as low as 20 to 50 °F (-6.7 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b.
Watering: These succulents need regular watering but are 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.
Fertilizing: Aloes generally do not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients.
Repotting: These plants are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot them in the spring in a container a few inches larger in diameter every few years to keep it from becoming rootbound.
Propagation: Propagating Aloe can be done by using the offsets, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
Toxicity of Aloe pembana
Aloe pembana is not listed as toxic for people and pets.
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