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Aloiampelos ciliaris – Climbing Aloe

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Scientific Name

Aloiampelos ciliaris (Haw.) Klopper & Gideon F. Sm.

Common Names

Common Climbing Aloe, Climbing Aloe, Fringe-leaved Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe ciliaris (basionym)

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aloiampelos ciliaris forms woody stems which are supported by the surrounding brush and trees, stems reaching up to 20 feet (6 m), as they wend their way through the branches to reach the light, where they extend their single, bright red flower heads into the sun. The rather soft leaves are arranged spirally, and are mostly crowded at the ends of the branches. If there are no nearby trees to act as host and support, it just forms a straggly shrub. The flowers appear mostly from November to April.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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. The lower, rambling species however, 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

Origin

Native to South Africa (in frost free areas, including the Western Cape).

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