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Aloe scorpioides

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Scientific Name

Aloe scorpioides L.C.Leach

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe scorpioides is a shrubby forest Aloe up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall, with rosettes of pale green to bright green, recurved leaves with large teeth. Rosettes do not consist of a large number of leaves on one plane, but leaves sometimes remain on stalks for up to a foot (30 cm) or more. Flowers are brilliant scarlet on tightly packed strongly conical racemes in winter.

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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 Angola.

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