Aloe striata x
Common Names: coral aloe, aloe hybrid, coral aloe hybrid
Geographic Origin: Aloe striata is native to the dry regions of the South African Eastern and Western cape provinces, occurring at elevations of 800 to 7,300 feet. Although it is difficult to determine the parents of aloe species, cultivated hybrids are usually Aloe striata x A. maculata.
Description: Aloe striata is a rosette forming succulent that grows up to 18 inches tall and 2 feet wide. The broad, flat leaves have distinctive parallel veins, and are glaucous in color, developing a reddish hue under bright sunlight. While true A. striata will possess faint longitudinal stripes and pink margins, hybrids possess soft white teeth along the margins, and usually achieve a larger rosette with a greater number of leaves.
From winter to early spring, a panicle of light coral to dark orange flowers will bloom up to 2 feet above the rosettes. However, the straight species will only develop coral-red inflorescences.
Cultivation and Care:
- Watering: Low
- Propagation: Coral aloe hybrids can be propagated by seed, cuttings, and offsets. Although A. striata is solitary and will not produce pups, A. striata hybrids offset freely.
- Special Accommodations: While the coral aloe is very heat tolerant, it is only frost tolerant for brief periods. Bring indoors during the winter, or on particularly cold nights.