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Full Sun to Partial Shade
||Unusual foliage color
|Propagation: Other methods:
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.
||Needs excellent drainage in pots
Posted by Baja_Costero
(Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 16, 2018 7:12 PM concerning plant:
Attractive clumping spotted aloe hybrid which undergoes dramatic color changes in response to sun, drought or cold stress. In the shade this plant is green, and in the sun it's a dull reddish brown. Fresh cuttings turn reddish brown, then turn green again when they have rooted. Leaves have a few spots on top and lots of spots underneath.
This plant may flower at almost any time year round, often in the summer. So it is an excellent complement to the more common winter-flowering aloes in a succulent garden, if your goal is to attract hummingbirds year round. Inflorescences may have a few branches. Racemes are capitate. Flowers are orangey red, with a slightly enlarged base. They attract bees and hummingbirds at different phases.
This aloe stays low and clumps, but not out of hand. It is an excellent companion for a plant that the South African grower Cynthia Giddy hybridized: "Rooikappie", which shares a few things in common: it stays low, turns reddish brown colors in the sun, and may flower year round. Both plants appear to have some Aloe zubb (fka sinkatana) in them.
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