Aloe pictifolia D.S.Hardy
Kouga Aloe, Speckled Aloe
Aloe pictifolia is an attractive succulent that slowly forms small groups of rosettes of narrow, reddish-green to pinkish leaves with reddish-brown teeth along the margins. The rosettes grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter. Both sides of the leaves are covered with small white spots. Flowers are a dull red, turning yellow when open.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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. As with all succulents, it is essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering. Water generously in the summer and nearly cease watering in the winter. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.
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 carefully divide the root ball. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
Native to the Eastern Cape Providence of South Africa.
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