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Black-Spined Aloe

Aloe melanacantha

Also known as

Black Thorn Aloe, Small Mountain Aloe

Aloe melanacantha - Kirstenbosch cons by S Molteno (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

12a

USDA zone

10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

    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 of Black-Spined Aloe

    Attracts birds

    Attracts birds when in flower.

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts bees and wasps.

    Drought resistant

    Can go lang periods without water.

    Attractive flowers

    Pot plant

    Attracts bees