Aloiampelos striatula (Haw.) Klopper & Gideon F.Sm.
Hardy Aloe, Striped-stemmed Aloe, Coral Aloe
Aloe striatula, Aloe striatula var. striatula
Aloiampelos striatula, formerly known as Aloe striatula, is a rambling succulent that forms a large, up to 6.7 feet (2 m) tall shrub. The leaves are dark green and strongly recurved, with numerous small white teeth along their margins. The flowers are reddish-orange and appear densely on up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall, un-branched, cone-shaped racemes throughout the summer.
This species is similar and closely related to Aloiampelos commixta. Still, it is easily distinguished from A. striatula by the dark green stripes on the stems and leaf sheaths and its thin, recurved leaves.
USDA hardiness zone 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °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. However, the lower, rambling species 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.
This species is native to the summits of mountains along the south of the Karoo region of South Africa.
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