Aloe pretoriensis

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Botanical name

Aloe pretoriensis

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Family

Asphodelaceae

Dimensions

With inflorescence up to 3 m

Description of stem

Leafless stem of 1 m, often not erect

Description of leaves

Blue-green leaves in densely packed single rosettes; leaves inconspicuously lineate and smooth, often dying off early at the tips, but erect until they dry out; leaf edge armed with hard teeth

Description of flowers

Very tall inflorescence branches attractively above the middle; racemes of pink to red flowers appear conical

Description of seed/fruit

Dried perianth persists on the thin capsule

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Propagation and cultivation

Transplants reasonably well in sunny, well-drained sites; does not always last too well in the garden, maybe to do with watering(?)

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Location

Rocky outcrops and hilly grassland

Distribution (SA provinces)

Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga

Country

South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe


Aloe pretoriensis in preflowering mode, photo by Jack Latti


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