Aloe striata subsp. karasbergensis (Pillans) Glen & D.S.Hardy
Karasburg Coral Aloe
Aloe striata subsp. karasbergensis is a low-growing succulent that forms beautiful symmetric rosettes of leaves with prominent dark green longitudinal lines on their surfaces. It grows solitary or branched with old leaves that persist around the stem. Leaves are triangular, rigid to fleshy when turgid, up to 20 inches (50 cm) long, and up to 8 inches (20 cm) wide. Stems grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) long and tend to lie horizontally on the ground as the plant gets older. The leaf color varies from pale green-grey to bronze and brown with a pinkish tinge under sun-stressed conditions. Flowers are carried on densely branched, up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall racemes and appear from mid to late winter. They are dull red, tubular with slight basal swelling.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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. 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.
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 the 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 South Africa.
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