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Aloiampelos commixta – Peninsula Rambling Aloe

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Scientific Name

Aloiampelos commixta (A.Berger) Klopper & Gideon F.Sm.

Common Names

Peninsula Rambling Aloe, Table Mountain Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe commixta (basionym)

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aloiampelos commixta is a rambling, multi-stemmed plant that rarely gets over 3.3 feet (1 m) tall, as its slender stems tend to sprawl along the ground and over rocks. It flowers in late winter. A stout inflorescence shoots up, bearing reddish erect buds that open into dense, bright orange-yellow flowers. The leaves are thick, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long, fleshy and evenly-spaced on a fine stem, with tiny white teeth along the margins and distinctive green stripes on the internodes. It is easily identified by its straight, wide, succulent leaves (that do not recurve downwards, as in the case of many other Aloiampelos species), by its slender, sprawling stems, and by the unique and distinguishing subcapitate raceme of its flowers. In particular, its flowers are much larger than those of other species in the genus, and are bunched together more densely at the top of the raceme.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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 (endemic to the Cape Peninsula).

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