(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Endemic to Southern Africa, Aloe microstigma is a medium size and very attractive aloe up to 50 cm in diameter and 60-70 cm tall. The leaves of this aloe are protected from the intense summer sun by anthocyanin pigments that give them a dull red glow. The leaves start out horizontal along the ground and suddenly turn up to the sky so that the tip is vertical. Mature leaves are a solid brownish green, the young growing leaves are tender light green and have many fine white dots, but in full sun, may get yellowy and sunburned. In shade has a more turquoise coloration. In winter, leaves can become incredibly colorful showing pinks, purples, yellows and greens and in general turn reddish brown if suffering from environmental stress.
Flowers: This species shows a variety of flower colors ranging from yellow to red with all the color possibilities in between. They typically are red until they are open, and then turn pure yellow. In some plant, however, the buds and open flowers may be uniformly red or yellow.
Blooming season: Flowers profusely from late autumn until January.
Cultivation and Propagation: Easy to grow, requiring very little care. It can be grown in large containers.
Watering: It tolerates weekly watering in the summer; once a month, or not at all in the colder months of December and January. Can withstand long periods of drought, but it will thrive and flower more profusely if watered in the correct season.
Exposition: The plant needs full sun to light shade, with some sun exposure the leaf develops a nice reddish tint and remains compact.
Hardiness: It can take a few degrees of frost in winter as well but prefers hot summers.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Common Name||Karoo aloe|
|Flower||Yellow to red|
|Growth Rate||Fast growth|
|Hardiness Zone||9 – 11|
|Scientific Name||Aloe microstigma|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun|