Aloe Gariepensis

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$ 5.25

Aloe Gariepensis

(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. This plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Aloe gariepensis is a small to moderate sized rosette-forming succulent with characteristic white striped leaves. In stressed times (cold, drought) plant can become a fire red in colouration.

Habit: Aloe gariepensis is usually solitary, but groups are not uncommon, and vary in size, from small and stemless to larger, up to 1 m high, with a short erect stem. It form a dense rosette of sword-shaped leaves that often curve inward, especially during hot and dry conditions. 

Leaves: Lanceolate, triangular, slender, circularly arranged around the base of the plant, flattish and curved upright 25-50 cm long, 50-90 cm wide, pale green, dull green or reddish brown, with or without linear white spots running longitudinally on both sides when young, and prominent, ornamental stripes when older. Margins horny with stiff reddish-brown triangular teeth 2–3 mm long.

Inflorescence: Racemes, 3 to 5 simultaneously from the same rosette, simple, very dense, cylindric to conical, 80-120 cm tall. Peduncle with narrow, stiff sterile bracts 17-26 mm long, 6-8 mm broad, 5-7-nerved. The floral bracts hide the young buds almost entirely. The racemes are yellow to greenish-yellow, or sometime the buds are red and the open flowers yellow, giving an attractive bicoloured effect.

Flowers: Simple, usually yellow both in bud and at flowering, rarely brick-red, 16-27 mm long; pedicels 12-20 mm long, lengthening to about 25 mm in fruit. Anthers exerted 1-5 mm. Ovary 4-5 mm long, 1,5-2 mm in diameter, green; style exerted 3-6 mm.

Blooming season: In mid-winter to early spring appear the unbranched inflorescences and flower open in pring (July to September in southern hemisphere)

Fruit: Loculicidal capsule, 14-16 mm long, 8-9 mm broad, yellow-brown. After fertilisation, the capsules grow quickly and split into 3 parts at the end of the summer. 

Seeds: 4-5 mm long, 2 broad, 1 mm thick, black with pale trans­verse wings at each end, enabling them to be dispersed by the wind. 

Remarks: Aloe gariepensis distinguish from the similar but much-branched, shrubby Aloe succotrina for the the leaf sap that does not dry purple, with the result that dried leaves are not this colour.

 

 

All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout.

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Colder Regions Warning: We are now offering 72-hour heat packs for an additional $3.00 If your order is $50.00 or more, and if we think that it is necessary, you will get a heat pack free of charge.

To prevent plants from freezing while in transit, orders placed for areas with extreme severe freezing temperatures will be held for shipment until it is safe to ship.

Care Instructions: Care instructions are included in every package you order.

Shipping Details and Customer Service Policy: We ship via USPS Priority Mail. We calculate the shipping cost based on the weight and volume of your purchase. Please allow a maximum time of 72 hours for processing prior to shipment. Depending on your location, we will ship the plants on a certain day to avoid transit time during weekends or holidays. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at the email address below:

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