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Gonialoe variegata (v)
  • RHS AGM

partridge-breasted aloe

An evergreen perennial to 20cm, forming a clump of rosettes of stiff, fleshy, pointed dark green leaves attractively-banded with white. Racemes of tubular salmon-red flowers in summer

Other common names
kanniedood aloe
partridge breast aloe
see moretiger aloe
Synonyms
Aloe variegata
Aloe ausana
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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Variegated White
Summer Orange Red Green Variegated White
Autumn Green Variegated White
Winter Green Variegated White
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause severe discomfort. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Name status

Correct

Plant range
S Africa, Namibia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a loam-based potting compost with added extra grit. Water moderately when in growth; very sparingly when dormant. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 2 or 3 times in the growing season

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown with heat as soon as ripe or from offsets in late spring or early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get scale insects and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

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