Gonialoe variegata (L.) Boatwr. & J.C.Manning
Tiger Aloe, Partridge Breast Aloe, Partridge-breasted Aloe
Aloe variegata, Aloe ausana, Aloe punctata, Tulista variegata
Gonialoe variegata, formerly known as Aloe variegata, is a small stemless succulent with 18 to 24 smooth dark green leaves with irregular light green banding and margins sporadically armed with tiny white teeth. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and 9 inches (23 cm) wide. Leaves are arranged in 3 ranks, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and 2.4 inches (6 cm) wide. The dark green color of the leaves turns brown when the plant is drought-stressed. The inflorescence is a raceme, mostly branched with hanging relatively large flowers, usually orange with green edges, but may vary from a flesh-pink to dull-red and rarely yellow. The flowers are up to 18 inches (45 cm) long and appear in winter or early spring.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Tiger Aloe has the same requirements as Aloes. The plant is suited for warmer zones and may be taken outside in summer in cooler areas. Don't forget to bring it in when cold temperatures are approaching, as the plant is only hardy in USDA hardiness zone 9 to 11. Most gardeners will find it easier to grow the plant inside alone in a container or as part of a succulent display.
Water deeply but rarely, and let the soil dry out between watering. The plant grows slowly but should be repotted in a succulent soil mix every three years. The biggest problem with Tiger Aloe is overwatering, which can cause the plant to rot.
A fun thing about these plants is their ability to produce fully vegetative babies or offsets for propagation. Divide these away from the parent plant and place them in a container. They will root quickly and provide you with more of these amazing plants to populate your landscape.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
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