Aloe acutissima variety antanimorensis

$15.00

Temporarily out of stock due to frost damaage, February 2018

Similar to var. acutissima but has smaller more compact leaves pigmented with a beautiful golden orange, Reynolds describes leaves of “dull grey green”. Possibly this is hybrid or pigmentation has changed due to Southern California conditions.

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.9 °C (25 °F)

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Aloe acutissima variety antanimorensis

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Aloe acutissima variety antanimorensis is a shorter version of the var. acutissima Blue Aloe species which develops a pinkish-red blush in cool weather and at other times when the plant is stressed. The primary leaf color of Aloe acutissima variety antanimorensis is pale turquoise, but this plant has smaller and more compact leaves which are pigmented with a beautiful golden orange. It is thought that this hybrid or pigmentation change occurred due to Southern California conditions.

Aloe acutissima variety antanimorensis has open rosettes with lance-shaped leaves and offsets readily. The orange-red winter flowers are born on single spikes which rise about a foot above the colored foliage and are very attractive to hummingbirds.  This plant works well in succulent, cactus and xeriscape gardens, and also makes an attractive ground cover for dry areas.

Aloe acutissima variety antanimorensis makes an excellent container plant

Its bright orange foliage really stands out in a 1 or 2 gallon ceramic pot.  It will grow lower than its cousin the blue acutissima. No one has really figured out how to use this plant. So we have been experimenting with using them in our garden and displays. This is an ongoing research project. So far it has proven to be resistant to mild frosts only and very resistant to heat extremes.

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Names and Synonyms: Aloe acutissima var. antanimorensis, Aloe acutissima var. antanamorensis
Common Names: Blue Aloe
Family: Aloeaceae
Origin: Madagascar, specifically, the south west coast of the island, where it grows on rocks and in shallow soils
Size Label: 1 Gallon
Height: 6-12″
Width: 6-12″
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: Very high
Light Requirement: Full sun to light shade
Water needs: Very drought tolerant.
Maintenance: None
Uses: Good in succulent, cactus and xeriscape gardens. This plant makes a nice ground cover for dry areas.
Propagation: Remove and replant offsets. Cuttings can be rooted as well. Seeds can be collected after flowering.
Problems: None
Special notes: This is a shorter version of the var. acutissima species which develops a pinkish-red blush in cool weather and other times when the plant is stressed. The primary leaf color is pale turquoise. It has open rosettes with lance-shaped leaves and offsets readily. The orange-red winter flowers are born on single spikes which rise about a foot above the colored foliage and are very attractive to hummingbirds.
Research Links:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/125263/
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Asphodelaceae/Aloe_antanimorensis.html
http://www.agaveville.org/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=457

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There is a minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders. All plants shipped bare root. Other sizes may be available for pick up from our growing grounds in Fallbrook, CA. For more information, give us a call at 760-990-4762.
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