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Products > Aloe striatula 'Burly'
 
Aloe striatula 'Burly' - Large Hardy Aloe
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Aloiampelos striatula]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Aloe striatula 'Burly' (Hardy Aloe) - This plant forms a succulent shrub to 6 feet tall by at least this wide with a dense low-branching habit and attractive dark green decurving leaves that have small white teeth along the margins and with the leaf bases clasping the attractively longitudinally green-striped stems. The brilliant yellow inflorescence rises above the foliage typically in late spring into summer but we often have stray fllowering at other times of the year. This form was noted to have more robust stems and leaves than the more commonly cultivated form of this species. Best in sun. Drought tolerant. Hardy to 15 degrees F or even a little lower. The smaller form of this Aloe is being grown into zone 7 by those who like to push the limits of plant hardiness as it is thought to be one of the hardier of the shrub aloes. This species come from the Karoo to the Eastern Cape Province in South African and in the mountains of southern Lesotho. The name, striatula, comes from the characteristic stripes on the sheaths of the stems. In an interesting twist of nomenclature a recent article in the Journal >i>Phytotaxa 76 (1): 714 (2013), titled "A revised generic classification for Aloe (Xanthorrhoeaceae subfam. Asphodeloideae)" proposes that this plant actually be taken out of the genus aloe and be given the name Aloiampelos striatula (Haw.) Klopper & Gideon F.Sm., comb. Nov. var. striatula and the other scrambling aloes (A. ciliaris, A. commixta, A. gracilis, A. juddii and A. tenuior) be also put in the genus Aloiampelos, all of the tree aloes (Aloe barberae, A. dichotoma, A. eminens, A. pillansii, A. ramosissima and A. tongaensis ) be placed in the genus Aloidendron and that Aloe plicatilis, the popular Fan Aloe, to be renamed Kumara disticha, a name that was used to described it by the German botanist Friedrich Kasimir Medikus in 1786. Until such time as this name change gets wider recognition we continue to call this plant by its original name. This robust form came to us from Aloe hybridizer John Bleck. San Marcos Growers first introduced this plant to the horticultural trade in 2013.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe striatula 'Burly'.
 
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