Aloe plicatilis - fan aloe - succulent
Impressive and imposing when full-grown, fascinating and fan-like when small. This seductive succulent has symmetrical layers of blue-green leaves which develop into broad fans, on older plants these emerge in pairs from sturdy trunks.
If you're ever over the pond you can see some in the Auckland Botanic Garden
Happy aloes produce spires of coral red bell flowers - as if the majesty of that foliage wasn't enough to win you over!
images: flower : Jean Michel Moullec; fan leaf closeup :Jesus Cabrera; large flowering plant indoors : laurent houmeau; large plants in nature : Bernie Dupont; small plant in rockery : Stephanie Falzone; spotlit trunks : MIFGS 2023 Best In Show
Aloe plicatilis, Kumara plicatilis - fan aloeAPPEARANCE : Tall tree aloe from the South African fynbos, with distinctive fans of long rounded blue-green succulent leaves which emerge symmetrically from the tip of corky trunks. Long stems of coral-red nectar-rich bell flowers on mature plants in winter-spring.
USE FOR : Handsome large feature ornamental for waterwise and succulent gardens; can be grown indoors in a pot.
PLANTING : Plant in free draining slightly acid soil in pots or out in the garden, taking care to keep the crown above the soil. Mulch with pebbles or grit. Suited to full sun. Protect plants from frost.
CARE : This aloe responds well to Mediterranean climates and year round water; if you have dry winters a little weekly watering is beneficial.
HEIGHT & WIDTH : 5m H x 2m W
YOUR PLANTS :These are tubestock plants with a healthy young root system and will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide.
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