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Aloe

Aloe spp.

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The Aloe family consist of over 500 succulent flowering plants, many native to Africa. The succulent leaves make them a good water wise choice. They have warm orange, red or yellow flowers in winter when the landscape is often grey. The nectar-rich fowers provide food to many insects and birds, inviting welcome visitors to your garden and adding diversity.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Pick leaves or flowers as needed.

Propagation

Seed
Plant seed in spring in well-draining seedtrays.
Suckers
Remove new plants from the motherplant as soon as they have a few leaves and some roots.

Special features

Attracts birds
Aloe flowers are nectar-rich and a feast for sunbirds and sugarbirds in times when few gardenplants are flowering

Geography

Origin
Africa, Madagascar and surrounding islands.
Natural climate
Dry Interior

Environment

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

Personality

Family
Asphodelace
Flower colour
Yellow and oranges to red.
Scent
None

Problems

Too wet conditions can lead to fungal attack and rotting. Insects like scale or snoutbeetle can harm Aloe.

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