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Aloe × spinosissima

An evergreen succulent comprising a number of rosettes of long, narrow, fleshy leaves with stubby spines along the edges and on both surfaces, clustered around a short woody trunk. Upright spires of coral red, tubular flowers are produced in late winter

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 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
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Red Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause severe discomfort
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in loam-based potting compost with added grit in frost-free conditions in full sun or light shade

Propagation

Propagate from offsets in late spring or early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Coastal
  • Patio and container plants
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Gravel garden
Pruning

No pruning necessary

Pests

May be susceptible to scale insects and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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