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Aloe erinacea, Aloe melanacantha var. erinacea , Goree

Aloe erinacea, Aloe melanacantha var. erinacea

Goree
Family: Asphodelaceae    (Formerly:Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Origin: Namibia
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsThorny or spiny

It is endemic to Namibia. Grows in very arid areas in rocky and sandy soils on the northern hills and mountains at 900 - 1350 m. in altitude.



Aloe erinacea, Aloe melanacantha var. erinacea , Goree
Aloe erinacea, Aloe melanacantha var. erinacea , Goree
Aloe erinacea, Aloe melanacantha var. erinacea , Goree
Aloe erinacea, Aloe melanacantha var. erinacea , Goree


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Aloe juvenna, Tiger Tooth Aloe

Aloe juvenna

Tiger Tooth Aloe
Family: Asphodelaceae    (Formerly:Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Origin: Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsThorny or spiny

Aloe juvenna is a small clump-forming succulent with erect or procumbent multi-branching stems. Suckers profusely and makes almost a groundcover effect.



Aloe juvenna, Tiger Tooth Aloe
Aloe juvenna, Tiger Tooth Aloe
Aloe juvenna, Tiger Tooth Aloe
Aloe juvenna, Tiger Tooth Aloe


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Aloe marlothii, Mountain Aloe, Flat-flowered Aloe

Aloe marlothii

Mountain Aloe, Flat-flowered Aloe
Family: Asphodelaceae    (Formerly:Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spiny

Aloe marlothii is a large, perennial, succulent, single-stemmed aloe, usually 2-4 m tall.



Aloe marlothii, Mountain Aloe, Flat-flowered Aloe
Aloe marlothii, Mountain Aloe, Flat-flowered Aloe
Aloe marlothii, Mountain Aloe, Flat-flowered Aloe
Aloe marlothii, Mountain Aloe, Flat-flowered Aloe


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Aloe sp., Aloe
Aloe dorotheae

Aloe sp.

Aloe
Family: Asphodelaceae    (Formerly:Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Origin: Africa, Madagascar and The Arabian Peninsula
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDry conditionsPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

They range in size from little one inch miniatures to massive plant colonies consisting of hundreds of 2 foot diameter plants. Although most Aloes have some medicinal or commercial value, the most commonly known is the Aloe barbadensis... better known as Aloe vera. All Aloes are semitropical succulent plants, and may only be grown outdoors in areas where there is no chance of freezing (USDA zones 10-11). However, they make excellent house plants when they are given sufficient light. Potted Aloes benefit from spending the summer outdoors. Older specimens may even bloom, producing a tall stock covered with bright colored coral flowers. Aloe flower nectar is a favorite of hummingbirds! The medicinal properties of Aloe vera have been known, and recorded since biblical times. It has been used for a variety of ailments, and as an ointment for burns, cuts, and rashes, as well as an ingredient in various beauty preparations. The sap of the Aloe is a thick, mucilaginous gel. It is this gel which is used medicinally. Because Aloe plants consist of 95% water, they are extremely frost tender. If they are grown outdoors in warm climates, they should be planted in full sun, or light shade. The soil should be moderately fertile, and fast draining. Established plants will survive a drought quite well, but for the benefit of the plant, water should be provided. During the winter months, the plant will become somewhat dormant, and utilize very little moisture. During this period watering should be minimal. Allow the soil to become completely dry before giving the plant a cup or two of water. During the summer months, the soil should be completely soaked, but then be allowed to dry again before re-watering. Aloes have a shallow, spreading root system, so when it is time to repot choose a wide planter, rather than a deep one. You may also use a packaged 'cacti mix' soil. Aloes are propagated by removing the offsets which are produced around the base of mature plants, when they are a couple inches tall (or larger). They may also be grown from seed.

Species and varieties:

Aloe africana

Aloe albiflora

Aloe amudatensis

Aloe arborescens

Aloe aristata

Aloe bakeri

Aloe barberae

Aloe bellatula

Aloe branddraaiensis

Aloe brevifolia

Aloe buhrii

Aloe cameronii

Aloe camperi

Aloe ciliaris

Aloe cremnophila

Aloe dichotoma

Aloe 'Delta Lights'

Aloe dorotheae

Aloe dyeri

Aloe erinacea

Aloe ferox

Aloe gariepensis

Aloe glauca

Aloe haworthioides

Aloe hereroensis

Aloe humilis

Aloe juvenna

Aloe karasbergensis

Aloe krapohliana

Aloe macrosiphon

Aloe marlothii

Aloe melanacantha

Aloe microstigma

Aloe mitriformis

Aloe perryi

Aloe pearsonii

Aloe pictifolia

Aloe plicatilis

Aloe pruinosa

Aloe ramosissima

Aloe saponaria

Aloe somaliensis

Aloe speciosa

Aloe squarrosa

Aloe striata

Aloe vera

Aloe x nobilis





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Aloe speciosa, Tilt-head Aloe

Aloe speciosa

Tilt-head Aloe
Family: Asphodelaceae    (Formerly:Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spiny

The rosettes of Aloe speciosa are often tilted to one side, to allow the plant to obtain the maximum amount of light. In the southern hemisphere, the tilt is usually towards the north, and in the northern hemisphere, towards the south, but a plant growing in a shady position would tilt its head in the direction that it receives the most light, which is not necessarily the north/south.



Aloe speciosa, Tilt-head Aloe
Aloe speciosa, Tilt-head Aloe
Aloe speciosa, Tilt-head Aloe


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