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Aristaloe aristata (Lace Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aristaloe aristata (Haw.) Boatwr. & J.C.Manning

Common Names

Guinea-fowl Aloe, Lace Aloe, Torch Plant

Synonyms

Aloe aristata, Aloe ellenbergeri, Aloe longiaristata, Tulista aristata

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

Native to Lesotho and South Africa.

Description

Aristaloe aristata, formerly known as Aloe aristata, is an attractive, semi-hardy succulent that forms dense rosettes of fleshy, triangular leaves. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and about the same in diameter. The leaves are dark green, with small white bumps, bristly margins, and tipped with a soft white spine. In late spring to early summer, it produces terminal panicles, up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall, that bears orange-red flowers. The flowers are tubular and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long.

How to Grow and Care

Light: When growing Aloes indoors, place your plants near a southern or southwest-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

Soil: Plant Aloes in a well-drained soil specially formulated for cacti and other succulents or make your soil mix. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.

Hardiness: Aristaloe aristata can tolerate temperatures as low as 5 to 40 °F (-15 to 4.4 °C), USDA hardiness zones 7b to 10b.

Watering: These succulents do need regular watering but are very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months.

Fertilizing: Aloes generally do not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients.

Repotting: These plants are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot them in the spring in a container a few inches larger in diameter every few years to keep it from becoming rootbound.

Propagation: Propagating Aloe can be done by using the offsets, cuttings, or seeds from a mature plant.

Toxicity: Aristaloe aristata is not listed as toxic for people and pets.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Uses

The Pondo people use the juice of this succulent mixed with water to wash their bodies for its tonic and refreshing effect.

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