Aloe scorpioides L.C.Leach
Native to Angola. It occurs in wooded areas in large colonies on rocky slopes or moderately shaded areas.
Aloe scorpioides is a shrubby succulent that forms loose rosettes of narrow, recurved, pale green to yellowish-green leaves with prominent, widely spaced teeth. It grows up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall, branching from the base or above. Leaves are up to 12 inches (30 cm) long and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) wide. Flowers are scarlet with yellow stripes, up to 1.1 inches (2.8 cm) long, and up to 0.3 inches (0.7 cm) in diameter, and appear in dense conical racemes in usually simple stalks in winter.
USDA hardiness zones 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; a well-grown Aloe can be quite beautiful. However, as with all succulents, Aloe must never be 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. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 ºF (21 to 27 ºC) but will survive down to 40 ºF (4.5 ºC).
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 of sand or pebbles. When repotting a larger plant, it is possible to divide the root ball carefully. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently.
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