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Aloe aristata (Torch Plant)

Torch Plant, Lace Aloe

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Aloe aristata,Torch Plant, Lace Aloe, Red flowers, Hardy Aloe, Cold Hardy Aloe

Hardy and attractive, Aloe aristata (Torch Plant) is an evergreen succulent perennial forming charming rosettes packed with fleshy, lance-shaped, incurved leaves with tufted tips. Pale green in the shade, the leaves turn dark green in full sun. Each leaf exhibits scattered white spots, raised near the base and becoming spiny towards the tips. They are lined with white teeth along the edges and tipped with a soft white spine. In winter, conical clusters of tubular orange-red flowers are borne in profusion above the foliage, 20 in. high (50 cm), brightening the garden. This Aloe offsets readily to form clumps. Low-growing, it is an excellent choice for containers thanks to its perfectly formed rosettes and bright flowers.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 8-12 in. tall and wide (20-30 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun. Afternoon shade is welcomed in hot climates. Water and feed regularly during the growing season to preserve its perfect form. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for beds and borders, rock gardens, succulent gardens, or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal in decorative containers.
  • Deer resistant. The flowers produce nectar and are attractive to birds and bees.
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for scale insects and mealybugs.
  • Propagate by seed sown with heat as soon as ripe or from offsets
  • Native to South Africa and Lesotho

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 12
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus Aloe
Common names Lace Aloe, Aloe
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spread 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Aloe pluridens (French Aloe)
Aloe wickensii (Geelaalwyn)
Aloe thraskii (Coast Aloe)
Aloe africana (African Aloe)
Aloe Moonglow™
Aloe petricola (Stone Aloe)

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Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’
Graptopetalum paraguayense (Ghost Plant)
Sedum nussbaumerianum (Stonecrop)

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 12
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus Aloe
Common names Lace Aloe, Aloe
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spread 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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