Aloe erinacea, or Goree, is a small plant native to Namibia, that typically ranges between 2 to 5 feet in height. It is a low-growing succulent, with a rosette of fleshy leaves that display a variegated pattern across a blue-green backdrop. The leaves are full of thorns or spines, which gives the plant its unique look and makes it easily distinguishable from other succulents.
This drought-tolerant succulent requires full sun and prefers well-drained, dry soil. It can withstand hot temperature and grows best in USDA Zones 9-11. It requires moderate watering and only needs occasional watering during summer months when the soil is dry. During the winter months, it is recommended to not water at all.
Aloe erinacea is well suited to be grown in containers, with more frequent watering needs. If you are trying to grow this plant in cold regions, you may need to bring the pot indoors in the winter. Keep in mind that Goree prefers to be on the drier side, so don't overwater it. When potting, use a well-drained, arid soil.
The rewards of growing Aloe erinacea are well worth it. Not only does this succulent look beautiful and unique, it is also low maintenance and resistant to pests and diseases. Aloe erinacea can be used to create an eye-catching centerpiece to your succulent garden, or as a focal point in a larger container or planter. With its easy-care nature and colorful foliage, you'll be sure to enjoy this Namibian beauty for years to come.