Aloinopsis rubrolineata (N.E.Br.) Schwantes
Mesembryanthemum rubrolineatum, Aloinopsis dyeri, Aloinopsis jamesii, Nananthus cradockensis, Nananthus dyeri, Nananthus jamesii, Nananthus rubrolineatus
Aloinopsis rubrolineata is a branching succulent with thick, rough, tongue-like, dark olive-green leaves. It grows up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall, developing a massive root system. The swollen roots are up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. Flowers are bright yellow with red mid-stripe and appear in winter.
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 too extremely cold-hardy and bloom in the winter.
Aloinopsis can be cultivated in the ground or 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 don'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.
Aloinopsis rubrolineata is native to South Africa.
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