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Aloe antandroi - Antandroi Aloe
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Fall
Synonyms: [A. antandroy, Gasteria antandroi]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
A small, slow-growing, shrubby plant that branches at or near its base with thin stems 2 to 3 feet long holding very thin 4 to 6 inch long gray-brown leaves prominently spotted with white. The small green-tipped orange flowers on top of unbranched inflorescences appear above the leaves in mid-fall. This interesting plant has stems that clamber upwards on surrounding plants or other objects but without support lay more prostrate. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade. Hardy to around 25 F. May grow better inland with some shade. This plant comes from 150 to 650 feet in elevation on dry limestone rocks and rubble on the Mahafaly Plateau in southern and southwest Madagascar. It was first described in 1921 by the French financial administrator and botanist Raymond Decary (1891-1973) as Gasteria antandroi, though it is noted in "Aloes: The Definitive Guide" as not having any resemblance to any species in this genus [Gasteria] and is compared to having a similar habit to the more common South African species Aloe tenuior but with flowers closer to Aloe millotii and Aloe decaryi. The specific epithet comes from this plant's occurrence at Antandroi or on the territory of the Antandroi tribe. Our plants originally from the Institute of Aloe Studies (IAS09-033) in 2009.  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 antandroi.
 
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