Aloe striata is a fast-growing aloe, developing from a small seedling to a mature 2-foot flowering plant in two years. Aloe striata remains solitary without any offsets, and tends to grow in the front and disintegrate in the back, thus moving across the ground after many years. Aloe striata is a longtime favorite for Mediterranean gardens and very popular in Southern California featuring attractive red-orange flowers and rosettes of fleshy blue-green leaves.
The leaves of the true species (there are several hybrids masquerading as Aloe striata) are smooth and untoothed, and are generally bluish-green with some blotchy stripes of darker hue running down the leaf’s center. The unarmed leaves are edged with red or white. Aloe striata’s leaves can blush pink in cooler weather or when the plant is under stress
Blooming in late winter to early spring, the flowers of Aloe striata are held, all at the same level, on many branched stalks and can brighten the garden for up to three months from winter to spring.
Being quite adaptable to most conditions from shady/moist to full sun, hot and dry, this aloe is very useful in many garden situations.
Names and Synonyms: Aloe striata Haw. var. oligospila Baker, Aloe albocincta Haw., Aloe hanburiana Naudin, Aloe paniculata Jacq., Aloe rhodocincta, Aloe albocincta
Common Names: Coral Aloe
Origin: Originally from the dry areas of the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa, growing from 800 to 7,300 feet in elevation.
Size Label: 1 Gallon
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: Very high
Light Requirement: Full sun
Water needs: Very drought tolerant, but some summer irrigation will keep leaves looking fuller.
Maintenance: Remove spent flower stalks and offsets as desired.
Uses: Aloe striata is a great plant for dry beds and borders. Perfect in succulent and cactus gardens and a nice contrast to low-flowing grasses. Flowers attract nectar-loving birds and insects. Does well in containers too. Works well near walkways and swimming pools as it has no teeth or spines.
Propagation: Remove and replant rare offsets. Collect seed after flowering and sow directly in well-drained soil covered lightly with fine sand.
Problems: Occasional problems with aloe mite on the flowers.
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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