Aloiampelos tenuior var. rubriflora Reynolds
Aloe tenuior var. rubriflora
Aloiampelos tenuior var. rubriflora is a bushy succulent that forms clumps with leaves tufted at the ends of branches. It grows up to 10 feet (3 m) tall. Leaves have a distinctive grayish-green color and margins with tiny white teeth. An unusually large woody rootstock usually forms on the ground at the base of the plant. Flowers are small, red, and borne on slender racemes. It blooms throughout the year, especially in winter, and the small flowers appear on thin, unbranched racemes.
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.
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.
They can easily be propagated by taking cuttings as well as by seed. Climbing Aloes generally have both male and female flowers on each plant, but an individual plant is usually not self-fertile by itself. However, some of the species are also inter-fertile and can thus form hybrids.
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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