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Aloe rauhii (Snowflake Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe rauhii Reynolds

Common Names

Snowflake Aloe

Synonyms

Guillauminia rauhii

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aloe rauhii is small succulent, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall, with clumping rosettes up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. The leaves have characteristic white, oval spots and tiny, white marginal teeth. In full sun they become a purplish-orange. It produces cylindrical, terminal racemes, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall, of tubular, rose-scarlet and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long flowers.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 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. 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.

These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot Aloes 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 varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.

Aloe plants need 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 succulent fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Origin

Aloe rauhii is endemic to Madagascar.

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