Guinea-Fowl Aloe, Long-Awned Aloe, Torch Plant
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.
Generally not harvested
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.
Attracts birds when in flower.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and wasps.
Can go lang periods without water.
Africa, South Africa, Lesotho.
Soil PH preference
Susceptible to scale and mealy bug.
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