This plant is an investment for the future because it takes a long time to reach it mature form, which is a small tree 4′-8′ tall and 4′-6′ wide. Each of the fans will eventually be at the end of a branch on a thick trunk. Leaves are grey-green, sometimes with orange on the tips. They get to be about 12″ long and curve upwards. Each leaf cluster bears one erect 12 to 20 inch tall unbranched inflorescence bearing an open terminal cluster of tubular orange-red flowers in late winter to early spring.
Pronunciation: AL-oh ply-KAY-til-iss
Species Meaning: meaning "foldable" is in reference the fan-shaped rosettesv
Aloe plicatilis is native to South Africa.
Grow in well-draining gravelly soil in full sun or light shade. Water moderately spring through fall, allowing the soil to fully dry between watering. Water sparingly in winter. Fertilizer can be applied a couple of times a year. Drought tolerant. This aloe comes from the winter rainfall Western Cape where it can be found growing on steep, rocky slopes in well-drained soil that are typically acidic and found in association with other fynbos vegetation such as ericas and plants in the protea family.
Syn: Aloe disticha (var. plicatilis), Kumara disticha
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21119
Found in Greenhouse,
Plant arrived bare root and so being protected in the greenhouse for a while.