Book Aloe (Aloe suprafoliata) in the Aloes Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Spread: 12-18 inches
Leaves: Glaucous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow seeds in sandy soil. Seeds germinate in a few weeks at temperatures between 68 and 75 degrees F. Seedlings need moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Stems cut below a node root easily. Cut a stem that has gotten leggy, let it dry out for at least a few hours to form a seal on the cut surface. Place the cutting in rooting medium kept moist, but not wet, until roots form.
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 12, 2019 11:13 PM

Medium-sized, usually solitary glaucous blue-green aloe with bright pinkish red flowers. Beautiful lilac coloration when stressed. Named for the characteristic distichous leaf arrangement (like a book) of young plants, which is lost at maturity. From Swaziland and South Africa. Inflorescences are unbranched.

This species is related to A. pretoriensis, a larger plant with an upright stem and multibranched inflorescences.

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