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Aloe viridiflora (Green-flowered Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe viridiflora Reynolds

Common Names

Green-flowered Aloe

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Origin

Native to Namibia (found in subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, dry savanna, and rocky areas).

Description

Aloe viridiflora is a stemless succulent that forms dense rosettes of blue-green leaves covered with a powdery bloom. The leaves are lance-shaped, up to 2 feet (60 cm) long, and up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) wide. The leaf margins are lined with reddish-brown teeth. Flowers are green to lemon-yellow and appear in winter in dense clusters on branched, up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall flower stalks.

The specific epithet "viridiflora" derives from the Latin words "viridis," meaning "green" and "flos," meaning "flower," and refers to the flower color of this species. It is the only known Aloe with green flowers.

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How to Grow and Care for Aloe viridiflora

Light: When growing Aloes indoors, place your plants near a southern or southwest-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

Soil: Plant Aloes in a well-drained soil specially formulated for cacti and other succulents or make your soil mix. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.

Hardiness: Aloe viridiflora can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Watering: These succulents do need regular watering but are very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months.

Fertilizing: Aloes generally do not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients.

Repotting: These plants are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot them in the spring in a container a few inches larger in diameter every few years to keep it from becoming rootbound.

Propagation: Propagating Aloe can be done by using the offsets, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Toxicity of Aloe viridiflora

Aloe viridiflora is not listed as toxic for people and pets but can produce hallucinations when ingested, and it is occasionally used in shamanic rituals.

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