Vryheid Aloe (Aloe vryheidensis) in the Aloes Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: Up to 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Winter
Inflorescence Height: Up to 5 feet
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Flowering Tree
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

credit: Diego Delso

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 25, 2018 7:56 PM

Solitary aloe with striking yellow-orange flowers full of dark nectar. This species may be stemless or grow a stem to 6 feet. The leaves are grayish green but often turn brown, orange or red under drought conditions.

Named after Vryheid, a town in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa whose name means "freedom" in Afrikaans. Found in mountainous areas of KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo Provinces. The dark, bitter nectar is rejected by sunbirds and honeybees but consumed by short-billed birds which are occasional nectarivores.

A close relative of Aloe spicata, tauri, castanea, and other plants with similar flowers (short, open, with copious nectar). This species can be resolved from spicata based on its shorter, less spreading leaves in a tighter rosette. It has absorbed the taller form previously known as A. dolomitica from the summit of the Wolkberg.

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