5 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
This species is not only popular for the bright coral red, tubular flowers, but also for its attractive strap-shaped, blue-green foliage. Leaves are attractively marked with narrow, darker lines along their length and pink colouring along the margins. The nectar produced from the flowers attracts insects and sunbirds, making it the ideal solution to liven up the home garden. It fits well in shallow, stony soils and rocky hills. Easily cultivated under a wide variety of climatic conditions and can withstand drought. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
This species is subject to attack by aloe snout weevil, white scale and probe to aloe rust. Healthy plants are rarely susceptible.
Seeds should be allowed to dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.
Sow in well-drained soil and cover lightly with fine sand.
Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers during winter months.
Can survive for extended periods without being watered.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies are attracted by the flower-nectar.