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Kumara plicatilis
  • RHS AGM

fan aloe

A shrub or small tree with a woody trunk and branches of spineless, strap-shaped, light green, to blue-grey leaves, to 30cm long, borne in fans. The tubular, vermillion flowers tipped with yellowish-green are borne at the end of upright flower spikes 30-45cm long from late winter to early spring

Synonyms
Aloe plicatilis
Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Red Grey Silver Green
Summer Grey Silver Green
Autumn Grey Silver Green
Winter Green Red Grey Silver Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Name status

Correct

Plant range
South Africa (Cape)

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How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass grow in a sharply-draining loam-based compost (JI No2) with extra sharp sand or perlite; in full sun and with good ventilation. Water moderately during the spring to early autumn, allowing the compost to dry between watering. Water sparingly and keep in cool temperatures 10°C and low humidity during the winter. Fertiliser may be applied two or three times during the growing season

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 21°C or stem cuttings taken in late spring and early summer and rooted in sharply-draining cactus compost

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
Pruning

None required

Pests

Susceptible to scale insect and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free although can be susceptible to root rot id grown in a wet soil

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