Aloes are shrubby, fleshy-leaved succulents, mainly from South Africa, usually reserved for use in the conservatory or as houseplants. However, Aloe striatula is an exception – it is rather cold resistant in the UK and, if planted with care, it is quite hardy in a south facing, sunny spot in the arid garden.
The narrow leaves are green and fleshy and held on vertical trunks. The gap between the leaves is marked by vertical pencil-like lines. Altogether the Striped-stemmed Aloe is an attractive and unusual plant with a range of uses.
Aloes store water in their fleshy leaves, making them rather drought tolerant. The best known is Aloe vera, the sap of which has medical qualities.
A. striatula grows on mountain tops in South Africa at some altitude making them quite cold tolerant in the U.K., and an essential in the arid garden.
Care & Size Guidance
A. striatula grows slowly, only to about 50 centimetres tall. Patience is rewarded with attractive yellow flowers which are held vertically. Eventually the single plant will sucker and produce an attractive group.