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Aloe affinis

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe affinis - This aloe is found in the summer rainfall areas of the eastern Transvaal (Swaiziland north to Marieps Mountain) where it grows with shrubs and grasses on rocky slopes between 3000-4000 feet where it experiences moderate to warm summer temperatures and light frosts in winter. It is a stemless or short-stemmed solitary Aloe that grows to about 3 feet tall. The leaves are light green colored and marked with many longitudinal dark lines on the upper surface and are paler and lightly marked below with leaf tips often pink tinged with teeth and leaf margins that are a dark reddish-brown. The flower stalk is a tightly branched panicle covered densely with deep pink to brick-red flowers that appear between late fall and early winter. Plant in full coastal sun or light shade. Has proven fairly drought resistant even in summer dry gardens but looks best when irrigated in summer. Hardy to 22 F. The name 'affinis', meaning "related to" or "resembling" comes from this plant's relationship to other maculate or spotted aloes such as Aloe maculata (ex. A. saponaria) although A. affinis has larger leaves, is unspotted and, unlike much of this group, remains mostly solitary.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe affinis.
 
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