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Aloe perfoliata f. variegata (Variegated Mitre Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe perfoliata f. variegata

Accepted Scientific Name

Aloe perfoliata L.

Common Names

Variegated Mitre Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe mitriformis f. variegata

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe perfoliata f. variegata, also known as Aloe mitriformis f. variegata, is a clustering succulent that forms groups of rosettes in small colonies. Leaves are short, broad, fleshy, and bluish-green, stripped in creamy yellow. They are arranged in rosettes that grow up to 12 inches tall and up to 7 inches (18 cm) in diameter. The leaf margins have little white, harmless teeth. The orange-red flowers appear in summer on stalks, which vary from being rounded to being cone-shaped.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aloes can live long and thrive with very little care. These plants are great for beginners.

When growing Aloes indoors, place your plants near a southern or southwest-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. To keep your Aloes looking green, avoid exposing them to direct sun, which can cause leaves to brown. Rotate the pots once or twice a week so that all sides of the plants receive equal lighting. Rotating your Aloe also helps balance out the plant's look, as leaves tend to grow toward the sunlight.

Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day. An excellent spot for growing Aloe outdoors is on a covered patio or porch.

Plant Aloes in a 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.

These succulents do need regular watering but are very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is completely dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months. Overwatering is the top reason Aloe plants die. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Origin

Native to the Western Cape and some adjacent areas in the Northern and Eastern Cape of South Africa.

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