Aloe thraskii Baker
Dune Aloe, Coast Aloe, Strand Aloe
Aloe thraskii is an unbranched, tree-like succulent up to 10 feet (3 m) tall. The leaves are U-shaped in cross section, pale olive-green with small, reddish-brown marginal teeth. They are recurved back to the trunk, sometimes even touching the skirt of old, dried leaves around the trunk. This winter-blooming species has flowers on a well-branched inflorescence that can produce 15 to 25 upright, broadly-cylindrical, erect racemes with yellow flowers that have orange anthers, giving the flower a bicolored look. Younger plants may only produce a single inflorescence, while older ones can produce multiples. This succulent is closely related to Aloe excelsa and Aloe rupestris but is distinguished from both by its strongly recurved leaves.
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 plant can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it is essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.
These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot Aloes 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 varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.
Aloe plants need strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun, once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C), but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a succulent fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe
Aloe thraskii is native to South Africa.
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