• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Aloe striatula

striped-stemmed aloe

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
striped-stemmed aloe

© Christopher Whitehouse

  • Other common names striped-stemmed aloe

  • Family Asphodelaceae

  • Genus Aloe can be mat-forming or shrubby evergreen perennials, with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small tubular flowers in racemes or panicles

  • Details A. striatula is an evergreen succulent with bushy, scrambling stems. The stems and leaf sheaths are striped light and dark green. Yellow racemes of flowers with protruding orange stamens are produced on spikes 40cm high in summer

  • Plant range S. Africa, Lesotho

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H3

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Outdoors, grow in a sharply-draining soil in full sun. Under glass grow in a sharply-draining loam based compost (JI No2) with extra sand or perlite. Water freely during the growth period from spring to autumn, and more sparingly when dormant during the winter. Outdoors protect from excessive winter wet. As an endemic of high-altitude habitats in South Africa, if given very sharp drainage is hardy in average winters throughout much of the UK, except the far north

Propagation Propagate by seed in spring at 21°C or from stem cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders Architectural Rock Garden Gravel Garden Patio & Container Plants Sub-tropical

How to care

Pruning None required

Pests scale insects and mealybugs can be a problem under glass

Diseases Generally disease free, except in wet or poorly-drained soils where it can be susceptible to root rot

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