|Aloe melanacantha var. erinacea||Synonym|
|Minimum cold hardiness:||Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
|Plant Spread:||6-15 inches|
|Flower Color:||Bi-Color: Red opening to yellow
|Uses:||Provides winter interest
|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:||Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots
|Miscellaneous:||Tolerates poor soil
|Conservation status:||Endangered (EN)
|Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 26, 2018 10:46 PM
Extra spiny aloe (like a hedgehog) with gray/blue-green leaves that may grow as a solitary rosette to about 8-9 inches wide or in a tight clump. Very distinctive appearance. Slow growing. From subtropical Namibia, a bit north of the Orange River, an area with very low rainfall, mostly in winter. Old plants may grow a relatively long stem for the size of the rosette, and they may branch to form clumps in nature.
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