Betsileo Aloe (Aloe betsileensis) in the Aloes Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Spread: 2 feet
Leaves: Glaucous
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Winter
Inflorescence Height: 24-32 inches
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.
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 13, 2020 12:29 AM

Solitary gray-green to blue-gray aloe from south-central Madagascar with yellow to orange flowers in a very densely packed cylindrical raceme. Leaves are reddish to purple with stress, and they have sharp reddish teeth. Inflorescences may have 3-4 branches; flowers are sessile.

This plant (especially its flowers) resembles 2 smaller Madagascan aloes: A. conifera (mostly unbranched inflorescences, fragrant flowers) and A. cryptoflora (greenish to reddish leaves; 0-1 branches on inflorescences; shorter flowers).

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