Aloiampelos tenuior (Haw.) Klopper & Gideon F.Sm.
Aloe tenuior, Aloe tenuior var. tenuior
Aloiampelos tenuior, formerly known as Aloe tenuior, is a bushy succulent that forms up to 10 feet (3 m) tall clumps. The leaves are tufted at the ends of branches. They are grayish-green with tiny white teeth along margins. An unusually large, woody rootstock usually forms on the ground at the base of the plant. Flowers are borne on slender, unbranched racemes and are bright yellow. They appear throughout the year, but especially in winter.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Due to their hardiness and the wide range of flower colors, these slender succulents have become popular ornamental plants in South African gardens. The commoner species (such as the more widespread Aloes of the Eastern Cape) are increasingly grown in gardens overseas too.
Climbing Aloes require a sunny, well-drained position and are particularly suitable for rockeries. The taller, climbing species are commonly planted along fences and boundaries where they grow up through the surrounding foliage. However, the lower, rambling species are better suited for rockeries, slopes, or terraces, which they will naturally cascade down over. See more at How to Grow and Care for Climbing Aloes.
Native to the grasslands and thickets of the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal, and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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