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Aloe brevifolia AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Cactus/Succulent or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Mat forming

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Red in Autumn

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

short-leaved aloe

Family

Asphodelaceae


Aloe can be mat-forming or shrubby evergreen perennials, with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small tubular flowers in racemes or panicles

A. brevifolia is a succulent perennial forming a mat of rosettes with spreading, glaucous, toothed, narrowly triangular leaves. Tubular red flowers 4cm long are carried in long racemes

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a loam-based potting compost with added extra grit. Water moderately when in growth; very sparingly when dormant. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 2 or 3 times in the growing season

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown with heat as soon as ripe or from offsets


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get scale insects and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free