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Aloe vanbalenii - Van Balen's Aloe
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe vanbalenii (Van Balen's Aloe) - This stemless rosette forms a wide low clump to 1-2 feet tall by 3 feet wide. It has long gracefully-twisting deeply-channeled yellow-green leaves with rusty red edges - the entire leaf can be red if grown in full sun and kept dry in winter but will be bright green in the shade. The leaves have a characteristic cinnamon or musky smell when bruised or damaged. The yellow to orange-yellow flowers are on unbranched spikes in late winter to early spring. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate regularly spring through summer. This plant is a summer grower and while it adapts to winter rainfall the foliage is much showier if kept dry in the winter - grow under eaves or in small well-draining pots. Hardy to 25 F. Native to KwaZulu-Natal and southeastern Mpumalanga in South Africa. The name honors J.C. van Balen, the former Director of the Park Department in Johannesburg, SA, who first collected this species.  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 vanbalenii.
 
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