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Striped-stemmed aloe

Aloe striatula

Drakensberg-vuurpylaalwyn (Afr.) , Hardy Aloe, Drakensberg shrub Aloe

Evergreen succulent species that can grow up to 2.5m tall, with a bushy habit. Leaf sheaths and stems have dark green stripes and this species produces striking yellow flowers. These are tubular in shape, they rise above the plant in spring and are present through summer. Can flower throughout the year in mild climates. It is very tolerant towards drought, but can also withstand temperatures as low as -5 degrees Celcius.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer

Harvesting

Seeds should be allowed to dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds during summer months in sandy soil. Germination will take place within a few weeks. Keep seedlings' soil moist and well-drained.
Cuttings
Take stem cuttings during summer months and allow to dry for a few hours before planting in a rooting medium. Keep roots moist, but do not overwater.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Eastern Cape and southern Lesotho.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Generally pest free, but scale insects may attack under some conditions. Root rot may occur where plants are overwatered.

Companion plants

Felicia aethiopica, Gazania krebsiana

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