Aloe vanbalenii

 

 

Botanical name

Aloe vanbalenii

Other names

Van Balen's aloe

Family

Asphodelaceae

Dimensions

Usually stemless or with a short stem

Description of stem

The short stems divide at ground level into multiplying clusters of rosettes

Description of leaves

The slender, channelled, recurving and sideways twisted leaves are coppery brown in exposed areas, greener in shade; fine teeth on the leaf margins only

Description of flowers

Two or three cone-shaped racemes per inflorescence; yellow, orange or red flowers are found; winter to spring

Description of seed/fruit

 

Description of roots

 

Variation

Flower colour variations; leaves green in shade, reddish in full sun

Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily from seed; full sun or partly in shade

Tolerances

 

Uses

Popular garden subject

Ecological rarity

Not threatened

Pests and diseases

 

Other

 

Location

Dry, rocky hills and mountains in exposed areas and among bushes

Distribution (SA provinces)

KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga

Country

South Africa