San Marcos GrowersSan Marcos Growers
New User?
Wholesale Login
Enter Password
Home Products Purchase Gardens About Us Resources Contact Us
 Web Site Search
Plant Database
Search by Plant Name
  General Plant Info
Search for any word
  Advanced Search >>
Search by size, origins,
color, cultural needs, etc.
Site Map
Retail Locator
Plant Listings

PLANT TYPE
PLANT GEOGRAPHY
PLANT INDEX
ALL PLANT LIST
PLANT IMAGE INDEX
PLANT INTROS
SPECIALTY CROPS
NEW  2017 PLANTS
PRIME LIST>
  for FEBRUARY


 Weather Station

 
Products > Aloe reitzii
 
Aloe reitzii - Reitz's Aloe
   

[2nd Image]
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Aloe reitzii (Reitz's Aloe) - A robust stemless plant, usually with a single rosette to 3 feet tall, with long relatively broad silvery blue-green leaves with reddish teeth along the margins. In summer appears the spectacular inflorescence that branches near its base (2 to 6 times) with each stem becoming a vertical spike rising well above the foliage and holding dark red to orange-red down-curved flowers that lie flat against the stems with the oldest flowers turning yellow at the tips starting from the bottom of the spike. Young plants may produce only one raceme but older plants can produce multiple racemes, further enhancing a spectacular sight. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate rarely to occasionally. Acccording to Brian Kemble this plant has proven hardy in cultivation at the Ruth Bancroft Garden down to 20F. A great plant for the dry garden or as a container specimen though seed grown plants can take up to 7 years to mature and begin blooming. It is unusual because of its downturned flowers and because it blooms in summer, while most other Aloes are winter blooming. This plant has a restricted distribution in a very small area on rocky slopes in the grasslands near the Belfast district of Mpumalanga in northern KwaZulu-Natal. There is also a winter-blooming form of this plant called Aloe reitzii var. vernalis that comes from The Vryheid District to the north. Gilbert Reynolds named this plant in 1943 to honor Francis William Reitz, then the South African Minister of Agriculture and nephew of the president of the Orange Free State, with whom he shared the same name.  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 reitzii.
 
  [MORE INFO]