Bristle-tip Hardy Aloe
Item #: 8526
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 6" tall
Origin: South Africa
We had already grown Aloe aristata for several years outdoors before I was fortunate to spot it in the wild on my 2005 South African expedition at nearly 9,000' elevation. Here, it grew wedged in the rocks on a nearly sheer cliff face. In cold climates, do not plant it out in the open where rains can soak it during the winter months. Planting it near a hedge or large shrub where it can still get afternoon sun is perfect. The 9-year-old clump in our rock garden is now 6" tall x 15" wide, composed of haworthia-like rosettes of stiff green leaves. The clumps are topped in May with 2' tall spikes of attractive, orange, bell-like flowers.
Aloe aristata requires no maintenance in the garden as long as it's growing in the proper conditions.
As mentioned above, it is essential that the rosettes be dry in the winter when grown in climates that drop below freezing in winter.
Use bristle-tip aloe as you would a sempervivum or other similar succulent in a rock garden setting. It is not plant for the open garden where it could easily be overrun by more aggressive perennials.
Flower Color: Orange/Peach
Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Spring
Container Role: Fillers
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