Aloe scorpioides L.C.Leach
Aloe scorpioides is a shrubby succulent with rosettes of recurved pale green to bright green leaves with large teeth. It grows up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. Rosettes do not consist of many leaves on one plane, but the leaves sometimes remain on stalks for up to a foot (30 cm) or more. Flowers are brilliant scarlet and appear on tightly packed conical racemes 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, and a well-grown Aloe can be quite beautiful. 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 sand or pebbles. During repotting of 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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
Native to Angola.
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