10 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Black-Spined Aloe Overview
Aloe melanacantha is a succulent perennial species from the Asphodelaceae family. It is commonly known by the names Black-Spined Aloe, Black Thorn Aloe and Small Mountain Aloe. Black Spined Aloe is a tender, short-stemmed plant that typically grows to around 50cm tall. Foliage is leathery and lance-shaped, coloured green to brown and edged in spiny black teeth. The leaves can reach 20cm in length. Flowers are tubular and yellow, appearing from red buds and fading to a green colour at the ends.
Common problems with Black-Spined Aloe
Susceptible to scale and mealy bug.
How to harvest Black-Spined Aloe
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Black-Spined Aloe
Large numbers of offsets forms over time which can be separated in spring, or early summer, and replanted preferably with a few roots attached.
Sow seeds as soon as ripe and matured.
Special features of Black-Spined Aloe
Attracts birds when in flower.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and wasps.
Can go lang periods without water.