Somalian Aloe

Aloe somaliensis

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Evergreen succulent species that produces attractive strap-shaped foliage variegated with green and white colouring and edged in small spines. Dependent on the light conditions, foliage may take on a red or grey shading. Grows with a clumping habit, flowers are pink-red in colour, tubular and borne on flowering spikes up to 80cm tall.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Suckers

Remove offsets gently from the mother plant and replant in the desired position in the garden or in pots.

Special features

Attracts birds

Hummingbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

Pot plant

Plant in pots that will allow sufficient drainage. Preferrably used wider pots as opposed to deep pots.

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Djibouti to Somalia.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red

Scent

None

Problems

Generally disease free, but can be attacked by mealybugs and scale insects.
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