Aloe fosteri

Botanical name

Aloe fosteri

Other names

 

Family

Asphodelaceae

Dimensions

 

Description of stem

Rosettes on the ground as this aloe is stemless; some older plants have a short stem

Description of leaves

Dark green with variation from grey to bluish; the leaves tend to become red in the dry winter with the tips dry; in summer they grow fuller to a 1 m wide rosette; teeth occur only on the edges; spots on the upper surface are H-shaped and may be accomanied by lines from the base to the apex; the lines also occur on the lower surface, but no spots and the colour here is light green

Description of flowers

The flower is one of the biggest and most striking among the spotted aloe species, often taller than 1,5 m; the panicle branches repeatedly to yield up to about 50 racemes; flower colours range from yellow, orange and several shades of red

Description of seed/fruit

 

Description of roots

 

Variation

Flower colours

Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily from seed or transplantation

Tolerances

 

Uses

Popular as a garden plant due to the spectacular flowers

Ecological rarity

Not threatened

Pests and diseases

 

Other

 

Location

In grassveld and bush on hills and plains, summer rainfall area

Distribution (SA provinces)

Mpumalanga, Limpopo

Country

South Africa