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.
Seeds should be allowed to dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.
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.
Sugarbirds feed off the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Can survive for several growing seasons without being watered.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.
South Africa (Cape Provinces, Namaqualand, Karoo and Orange Free State) and southern Namibia.
Mediterranean and arid climates.
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
An attractive plant for garden and container planting. Once established, it lasts for many years with little care.
Pink, Red, Orange
Mature plants can be attacked by scale insects and aphids.
Along alongside other aloes and succulents.
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