Aloe, Gasteria and Haworthia are three related genera, comprising hundreds of succulent plants. They are all easily grown in pots. A few adapt to low-light levels of indoor conditions and can be grown as house plants.
This hard to find species is very attractive due to its bright orange blush, promoted by full sun and cooler nights. It grows on the southern escarpment in Zimbabwe, at 1000-120 exposed to SE winds and mist. It is promisingly cool-resistant and it thrives outdoors in coastal mediterranean conditions.
Very elegant, large South African Aloe with a stemless spreading rosette of colourful recurved leaves. Leaves can get a different colour according to light intensity, yellow-green to orange and eventually rusty-red in full sun. Rosettes can get up to 1 m large and slowly grow into clumps. Flower spike are also attractive, with yellow flowers.
Impressive large and colourful Aloe from Southern Madagascar. Leaves are green during the growing season and turn red during rest. It grows outdoors in warm Mediterranean conditions but can be damaged by frost. It produces large, showy inflorescences of bright red flowers, at the start of Winter.
Robust plant, 30-40 cm, 1 kg, field-grown in full sun. This is the famous Aloe vera, known for holding healthy properties. The tips of the tall flower spikes are edible. Leaves are green-glaucous to pink-copper. Takes light frost if kept dry.
This hybrid Aloe is a winner! It is a great beauty, with all types of reds, green and purples displayed on stripes, dots and teeth. 'Christmas Carol' is mid-sized and can reach 30 cm in diameter and height. It was developed by Griffin, the famous hybridiser of small sized aloes.
Rooted plant, 10-12 cm diam. Cont. 8 cm. We got this Aloe as A. buettneri, but it looks to us like a hybrid of Aloe dorotheae. Rosettes are 10-16 cm wide, leaves are speckled and turn glossy red during rest or in full sun. It grows as a dense groundcover and makes a nice potted specimen or even a hanging basket plant. It can stand low temperatures but it...
Cont.= 6 cm. One of the smallest gasterias. Clumping rosettes of 4-10 cm. Beautifully spotted leaves turn partially orange in full sun. It is a rare endemic from the Grahamstown quartzitic mountain range. Easy and suitable for indoor growing.
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