Tiger Aloe

Aloe variegata

Cape Aloe, Partridge Breast Aloe

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Aloe variegata is regarded as one of the best-known Aloes in South Africa. The distinctive white striped foliage is reminiscent of a tigers stripes, hence the common name Tiger Aloe. After enough rainfall, an abundance of hanging flowers is visible, these are arranged in branched flower clusters. Flowers are tubular and orange or red-pink in colour. The flowers are pollinated by sunbirds and a variety of flying and crawling insects and therefore this plant is good for attracting beneficial wildlife to the home garden.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Winter

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Seed

Sow fresh seeds in summer in course river sand and keep moist. Replant seedlings when they are 20-30 mm high in sandy loam soil and feed once a month with organic fertilizer.

Special features

Attracts birds

Sugarbirds feed off the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

Drought resistant

Can survive for several growing seasons without being watered.

Attracts useful insects

Bees and butterflies are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.

Special features

Origin

South Africa (Cape Provinces, Namaqualand, Karoo and Orange Free State) and southern Namibia.

Natural climate

Mediterranean and arid climates.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

An attractive plant for garden and container planting. Once established, it lasts for many years with little care.

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red, Orange

Scent

None

Problems

Mature plants can be attacked by scale insects and aphids.

Related Problems

Companion plants

Along alongside other aloes and succulents.

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