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Lace aloe

Aloe aristata

Guinea-fowl Aloe, Torch plant, Long-awned Aloe

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A small compact Aloe species with fleshy lance-shaped foliage covered in small white spots and tipped with soft white spines. Typically grows to around 20cm high. The nectar-rich, tubular red-orange flowers tend to attract birds, bees, and wasps. These measure approximately 4cm long and are borne in panicle arrangements at a height of around 50cm. This species is planted worldwide as a garden specimen.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Division
Large numbers of offsets forms over time which can be separated in spring, or early summer, and replanted preferably with a few roots attached.
Seed
Sow seeds as soon as ripe and matured.

Special features

Attracts birds
Attracts birds when in flower.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and wasps.
Drought resistant
Can go lang periods without water.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Lesotho.

Environment

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

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
Orange-red, Orange, Red
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to scale and mealy bug.

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