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Aloiampelos juddii (Koudeberg Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloiampelos juddii (van Jaarsv.) Klopper & Gideon F.Sm.

Common Names

Koudeberg Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe juddii (basionym)

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aloiampelos juddii is a low-growing, succulent plant with solitary or branching stems that are erect, becoming sprawling with age. Stems may reach up to 2 feet (60 cm) long and up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) thick. A single clump may reach up to 32 inches (80 cm) in diameter. In older specimens the stem bases give rise to an underground succulent to near-woody caudex, from which young stems readily arise. The stem is ash-like and grey to white. The leaves are bright to dark green, triangular-ovate to triangular-lanceolate, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, with conspicuous red tips and firm, white teeth along its margins.

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Hardiness

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 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.

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

Origin

Endemic to a few rocky outcrops and a farm, near to Cape Agulhas in the Western Cape, South Africa.

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