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Products > Aloe vanbalenii
Aloe vanbalenii - Van Balen's Aloe
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
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. 

Information about Aloe vanbalenii displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.