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Partridge breast aloe

Aloe variegata

This species of aloe is regarded as one of the best-known aloes in South Africa. The distinctive white spots on the leaves resemble the spots on a partridge's breast. After enough rainfall, an abundance of hanging flowers is visible in branched flower clusters. The flowers are pollinated​ by sunbirds and a variety of flying and crawling insects and therefore attracts beneficial wildlife to the home garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Winter
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Seed
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.

Special features

Attracts birds
Sugarbirds feed off the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Drought resistant
Can survive for several growing seasons without being watered.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.

Geography

Origin
South Africa (Cape Provinces, Namaqualand, Karoo and Orange Free State) and southern Namibia
Natural climate
Mediterranean and arid climates.

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
An attractive plant for garden and container planting. Once established, it lasts for many years with little care.

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
, Red, Orange
Scent
None

Problems

Mature plants can be attacked by scale insects and aphids.

Companion plants

Along alongside other aloes and succulents.

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