Lace Aloe

Aristaloe aristata

Guinea-Fowl Aloe, Long-Awned Aloe, Torch Plant

profile iconAloe Aristata (5023003316)
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profile iconAloe Aristata (5023003316)
by stephen boisvert (CC BY 2.0)
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A small compact Aloe species with fleshy lance-shaped foliage covered in small white spots and tipped with soft white spines. Typically grows to around 20cm high. The nectar-rich, tubular red-orange flowers tend to attract birds, bees, and wasps. These measure approximately 4cm long and are borne in panicle arrangements at a height of around 50cm. This species is planted worldwide as a garden specimen.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

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

Attracts birds

Attracts birds when in flower.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees and wasps.

Drought resistant

Can go lang periods without water.

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Lesotho.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Orange, Red

Scent

None

Problems

Susceptible to scale and mealy bug.

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