Aloe (Aloe karasbergensis) in the Aloes Database

Botanical names:
Aloe karasbergensis Accepted
Aloe striata subsp. karasbergensis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
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
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
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

San Diego Cactus and Succulent society brag table plant by Kelly

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jun 9, 2019 4:04 PM

Attractive solitary or offsetting aloe with pale gray glaucous leaves that have longitudinal lines and essentially no marginal teeth. From a very dry winter rainfall area in northwestern South Africa and Namibia, and very suitable for dry Mediterranean-type climates. Tolerates heat and thrives in sun, though the leaves may end up somewhat bleached. Somewhat vulnerable to rot in cultivation, especially when kept too wet.

This aloe is very similar to Coral Aloe (Aloe striata), found mostly to its south, and has historically been lumped with it, but differs in floral features as well as leaf color (gray not green). The flowers are reddish rather than orange and shorter; the inflorescence is very densely branched and pyramidal, rather than flat-topped. Also similar to Mbashe Aloe (Aloe reynoldsii).

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