Aloe cryptopoda

1 Gallon $10.80

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Aloe cryptopoda

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Aloe pienaarii, Aloe wickensii var. lutea, Aloe wickensii
  • Common Names:  
    Tweekleur-aalwyn, geelaalwyn
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  • Origin:  
    Aloe cryptopoda has a wide distribution in southern Africa
  • Size Label:  
    1 Gallon
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  • Cold Tolerance:  
    25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very high
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun to light shade in sunny, hot interior deserts
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant but light summer irrigation is fine
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  • Uses:  
    Succulent and cactus gardens, xeriscape plantings. Dry borders and rock gardens. The plant’s flowers attract wildlife – hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. It does well in pots too, provided the soil drains well.
  • Propagation:  
    Remove and replant offsets. Seeds can be collected after flowering and sown.
  • Special notes:  
    Aloe cryptopoda has long, narrow grayish green leaves with reddish-brown, small and pointed teeth along the leaf margins. The leaves are arranged in a rosette atop a very short, hidden stem. It has orange-red flowers in winter which are attractive to, and pollinated by, nectar loving birds. The leaves take on a yellow color when the plant is stressed. Over time the plant forms colonies from offsets. Aloe cryptopoda has been used as a wool dye giving a reddish brown to purplish red color to yarn. In Zimbabwe the leaf juice is used to treat constipation and venereal disease. It differs slightly from Aloe wickensii as that plant has long-acuminate, broad floral bracts and yellow and orange flowers.