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Aloe rupestris – Bottlebrush Aloe

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Scientific Name

Aloe rupestris Baker

Common Names

Bottlebrush Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe nitens

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe rupestris is a very fast-growing Аloe, usually up to 10 feet (3 m) tall (max. 26.2 feet/8 m), which is usually single-stemmed in nature. It has an unbranched trunk on top of which sits a rosette of thick succulent, blue grey leaves that have red brown spines along the margins. As the leaves die they remain attached to the trunk, these can be removed or left attached giving the trunk a shaggy look. In spring and summer a huge branched flowering stem is produced. There can be up to 12 spikes each with a terminal raceme of yellow buds opening into wonderfully brilliant tubular orange to red flowers.

How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown Aloe can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it's 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. Prefers warmer temperatures of 70ºF/21ºC to 80ºF/27ºC, but will survive down to 40ºF/4.5ºC.

Aloe 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.

Origin

Native to summer-rainfall areas of southern Africa.

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