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Book aloe

Aloe suprafoliata

Boekaalwyn (Afr.)

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The unique leaves of this plant are narrow and grow sideways to make them look like an open book. These leaves develop into a rosette form as they age. Large flowers emerge during the winter months and are generally soft rose-pink or striking scarlet-red in colour.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in autumn in seed trays and keep moist, but do not overwater. Germination should take place within a few weeks. Plant out seedlings in the the desired position in the garden after one year.
Suckers
Take offsets from the base of the main rosette and dry for at least 1 week. Plant in well-drained, sandy soil.

Special features

Attracts birds
Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Pot plant
Plant in well-drained pots filled with a sandy loam soil.
Drought resistant
Can survive for extended periods of time with little watering.

Geography

Origin
South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Transvaal)

Environment

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

Personality

Family
Aloaceae
Flower colour
Red
Scent
None

Problems

Generally not affected by pest and diseases, but plants that are under stress will be more susceptible.

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