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🌿 I've been gardening ever since a child, when I spent time with my father in his vegetable garden. But my fascination with Echeverias started in the 1980's, when my father gave me a pot with five Echeverias, which turned out to be E. imbricata. At first I wasn't much interested in them and planted them in some obscure corner of the garden and completely forgot about them. How great was my surprise when, a couple of months later, I noticed that they had spread and made a beautiful display - I was hooked!
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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Aloe striata

Aloe striata - pics taken in a garden in Ballito, KwaZulu Natal

Aloe striata is a stemless aloe with blue green leaves. Attractive coral red flowers are borne during the winter months on tall flat-topped inflorescences.

This species is comprised of three subspecies; the typical subsp. striata as well as the two less well-known subsp. karasbergensis and subsp. kommagasensis - which are both more difficult to cultivate than the subsp. striata and consequently seldom seen in gardens. The subsp. striata is widely distributed over the Eastern & South Western Cape province. It grows in stony soils on rocky hillsides in arid areas near the coast and the drier inland karoo areas.


As with most aloes, the plants provide nectar during winter which is an important source of food for the attractive sunbirds and many other nectivorous birds during the cooler period of the year when food is not readily available.

Aloe striata is a popular and most rewarding garden plant. It is relatively easy to cultivate under a wide variety of climatic conditions provided it is planted in a well-drained situation in full sun and given adequate water but not over-watered. It can withstand extreme frost and prolonged drought. This species is not only very showy when in flower but also during the rest of the year on account of its attractive foliage.



Propagation is from seed which germinates easily if sown in well drained soil and covered lightly with fine sand. Seedlings grow fast, reaching flowering size in three to four years. This species, as with most Aloe species, is subject to attack by snout weevil, white scale and aloe rust, although healthy specimens don't fall prey to pests and disease as easily as stressed plants do. These maladies are best treated symptomatically when they occur and your local nursery or garden centre should be able to advise on products suitable for your particular situation.

(All info from PlantZAfrica.com as I knew nothing about this particular Aloe)

2 comments:

  1. I have a young Aloe striata hybrid often called Ghost Aloe. This hybrid looks quite similar to the real Aloe striata, except that it has small, closely space teeth on the leaf edges. The real Aloe striata has smooth leaves. I'm hoping mine will bloom this winter, but it may still be too young. The next time I find Aloe striata available, I may pick up a few plants to add to my garden. They do put on a good show when blooming.

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    1. How wonderful to hear that Anonymous! This is an aloe I don't know much about, so this is really interesting information. Thanks for stopping by!

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