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Cactus SucculentSynonym

Aloe striatula
  • RHS AGM

striped-stemmed aloe

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

Synonyms
Aloe striatula

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Green
Summer Green Yellow Green
Autumn Green Green
Winter Green Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Name status

Correct

Plant range
S. Africa, Lesotho

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
  • Architectural
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Sub-tropical
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
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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