Aloe Aristata (Lace Aloe or Torch Plant)

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Aloe Aristata, also known as lace aloe or torch plant, is a succulent plant that belongs to the Asphodelaceae family. It is native to South Africa, where it grows in a variety of habitats, from dry sandy areas to cool rocky slopes, low-growing plant that forms rosettes of fleshy, lance-shaped leaves with white bumps and toothed edges. The leaves are dark green in full sun and light green in shade. In summer or autumn, it produces tubular orange-red flowers on long stems that attract bees and other pollinators.

Botanical Name
Aristaloe aristata (syn. Aloe aristata)
Plant Type
Succulent, perennial, evergreen
Family
Asphodelaceae
Height
Up to 8 inches (20 cm)
Foliage
Fleshy, spiny, dotted with white
Climate
Warm, dry
Sun Exposure
Full sun to partial shade
Soil Requirements
Well-drained, sandy or gritty
Hardiness Zones
7-10 (USDA)
Flower Color
Orange-red
Foliage Color
Dark green to light green
Season Features
Summer or autumn flowers
Special Features
Drought-tolerant, easy to grow, attractive foliage and flowers
Distribution and Habitat
South Africa, Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Aloe Aristata has a compact and symmetrical growth habit, forming dense clusters of rosettes.
  • The leaves are up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, with soft spines along the margins and white tubercles on both surfaces. Usually curved inward, giving the plant a rounded appearance.
  • The flowers are borne on slender stalks that can reach up to 20 inches (50 cm) in height. About 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and has a cylindrical shape with six petals that flare out at the tip.
  • The flowers are bright orange-red and have a sweet fragrance.
  • The sweet nectar attracts birds, butterflies, and bees.
  • Aloe Aristata can be propagated by seeds or offsets.
  • Aloe Aristata is valued for its ornamental qualities, as it adds texture and color to any garden or container.
  • Aloe Aristata is not considered invasive or harmful to the environment.
  • Some of the common pests that can infest Aloe Aristata are mealybugs, scale insects, spider mites, and aphids.
  • Some of the common diseases that can affect Aloe Aristata are root rot, fungal infections, bacterial infections, and viral infections.

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