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Small-spotted aloe

Aloe microstigma

Cape speckled aloe (Eng.), Spikkelaalwyn (Afr.)

These aloes grow up to a height of 60 cm and produces 2-3 flowers simultaneously between May and July (winter). The flowers can tower up to 1 m above the foliage and bears red flower buds that eventually turn orange. They are less known for their medicinal uses than other aloes and are instead planted as low maintenance ornamental plants.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn, Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Seed
Sow in summer or autumn in a course, sandy planting medium. Cover seeds with a thin layer of sand. Keep moist. Germination should take place after 2 weeks. Plant out when large enough to handle.

Special features

Attracts birds
Pollinated by sunbirds particularly the Lesser Double-collard sunbird.
Pot plant
Plant in well-drained pots.
Drought resistant
Requires little watering and can survive for long periods of time under drought conditions.
Attracts useful insects
Honeybees feed off of the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

Geography

Origin
Northern, Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa and southern Namibia
Natural climate
Mediterranean and arid climates

Environment

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

Uses

Ornamental
Plant in dry borders and rockeries for winter colour.

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
, Red, Orange, Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Can occasionally be attacked by aloe snout beetles and aphids. These can be treated with contact or systemic pesticides.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

Companion plants

Along alongside other aloes and succulents.

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