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Peninsula Rambling Aloe

Aloe commixta

Also known as

Table Mountain Aloe , Fynbosaalwyn (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

2m

50cm

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Peninsula Rambling Aloe Overview

This species of aloe has slender, intertwined stems that create a beautiful feature in a garden as it sprawls over a stonewall or large boulder. Endemic to the Cape Peninsula, it grows well in winter rainfall areas. Flower colours vary from reddish at the top to yellow-orange at the base of the flower cluster.

Common problems with Peninsula Rambling Aloe

Generally pest and disease free.

    Peninsula Rambling Aloe Companion Plants

    Along alongside other aloes and succulents.

    How to harvest Peninsula Rambling Aloe

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

    How to propagate Peninsula Rambling Aloe

    Seed

    Sow seeds during warm summer months. Cover with thin layer of course sand. Place seed trays in well-ventilated area with ample shade.

    Cuttings

    Collect stem cuttings from parent plant and plant directly into sandy growth medium.

    Special features of Peninsula Rambling Aloe

    Attracts birds

    Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar-producing flowers.

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts honeybees that feed off nectar produced by flowers.

    Drought resistant

    Requires little watering.

    Other uses of Peninsula Rambling Aloe

    Ornamental

    Plant in your rockeries or in dry borders.

    Medicinal

    The juice is taken as a laxative, dried crystals of the leaf sap can be taken orally also as a laxative and for arthritis. The raw bitter sap is used to treat conjunctivitis and sinusitis. The thick, golden-brown leaf gel is applied topically to sooth skin irritations, cuts, bruises and sun burn.