Aloe striatula

Striped-stemmed Aloe

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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.

Origin: S. Africa, Lesotho
Genus: Aloe
Species / Cultivar: striatula
Common Name: Striped-stemmed Aloe

Plant Biography

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.

Aloe striatula
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Aloe striatula makes for the perfect outdoor or house plant for the absent-minded as they tolerate drought and neglect with a smile.

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.

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