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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Leaves: Glaucous
Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bi-Color: Red opening to yellow or greenish yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
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
Offsets
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.
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 28, 2017 6:37 PM

Solitary, stemless aloe with erect, often incurved leaves that have white spots and turn various colors of orange/red/brown with exposure and drought.

Found on both sides of the Orange River, which runs between Namibia and South Africa in a winter rainfall climate with frequent fog. The species name derives from the Khoi word for this river, which means "great river". It is a representative endemic of the Gariep Center of the Succulent Karoo, a region shared with several other aloes: A. erinacea, pearsonii, pillansii, ramosissima, krapohliana var. dumoulinii, striata ssp. karasbergensis, among others. The Gariep Center is also home to the greatest diversity of ice plants (Aizoaceae).

Drought tolerant and ideally suited to dry Mediterranean climate gardens. May be a robust regional form of the widespread A. microstigma, which has shorter floral bracts. Some plants may form small clumps.

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