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Guinea-fowl Aloe

Aloe aristata

A small compact aloe covered with small white spots and spines. In autumn its nectar-rich, tubular orange flowers tend to attract birds, bees, and wasps. It is planted world wide as a garden specimen.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Division
Large numbers of offsets forms over time which can be separated in spring, or early summer, and replanted preferably with a few roots attached.
Seed
Sow seeds as soon as ripe and matured.

Special features

Attracts birds
Attracts birds when in flower.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and wasps.
Drought resistant
Can go lang periods without water.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Lesotho

Environment

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

Personality

Family
Aloaceae
Flower colour
Orange-red
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to scale and mealy bug.

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