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botanical name:
Aloe distans
Aloe distans © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Jewelled Aloe, Yellow Toothed Aloe, Umbrella Aloe
synonyms:  Aloe perfoliata var. distans, Aloe mitriformis ssp. distans
family:  Asphodelaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.60m
width: 1.80m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: semi-prostrate
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour: red
stem/bark: bronze
main season: All Year
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Low growing succulent with sprawling, creeping stems that turn up at the ends. The offsets are self-rooting, to make spreading clumps. Rosettes of blue-green, thick fleshy leaves, often flushed reddish purple, with short golden yellow spines along the edges. Erect stems carry short spikes of tubular pinkish coral-red to orange-yellow flowers.

cultivation:
Sharply drained, dryish griity soil in full sun. Needs warm contitions to thrive well but will tolerate periods just below freezing. Will grow in some shade in hot regions.

propagation:
By separation of rooted offsets, very easy.
Also from seed.

usage:
Dry Meditereanean style gardens, sub-tropical gardens, conservatories, containers.

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