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Aloinopsis rubrolineata

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Scientific Name

Aloinopsis rubrolineata (N.E.Br.) Schwantes

Synonyms

Mesembryanthemum rubrolineatum (basionym), Aloinopsis dyeri, Aloinopsis jamesii, Nananthus cradockensis, Nananthus dyeri, Nananthus jamesii, Nananthus rubrolineatus

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Genus: Aloinopsis

Description

Aloinopsis rubrolineata is a low, multi-branching, mat-forming mesemb up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. The swollen roots can grow up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. The leaves are thick, dark olive-green, tongue-like, finely warty and textured. The flowers are bright yellow with red midstripe and appear in winter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

These plants are popular among collectors. They prefer a very porous potting mix to increase drainage. Aloinopsis are winter growers and need plenty of light. Most are somewhat to extremely cold hardy and bloom in the winter.

Aloinopsis can be cultivated in the ground or in a container. They will grow in the cooler parts of the year, and flower in winter if it gets good light. Direct sunlight is essential to bloom well. Aloinopsis is probably dormant in summer, so it is usually recommended not to water much in summer. Don't be surprised if they doesn't grow at that time, but although Aloinopsis are better treated as winter growers they will grow anyway in summer, if given water. They should be fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.

They are propagated by seed or division. Unfortunately, Aloinopsis are prone to red spider mites, and root rot.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloinopsis.

Origin

Aloinopsis rubrolineata is native to South Africa.

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