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Aloe khamiesensis - Namaqua Aloe

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

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe khamiesensis (Namaqua Aloe). A mostly single-stemmed slow-growing aloe that holds its rosettes up on stems to 10 feet tall with 16 inch long and 3 inch wide pale green colored leaves that curve upwards toward the base, then slightly downwards toward the tips. The leaf surfaces are decorated with small white spots and reddish teeth along the leaf margins. The flowers, which appear in mid-winter, are held in the top third of a well-branched conically-shaped raceme that terminates in erect clusters of orange-red yellow-tipped flowers. Plant in full sun and irrigate little, if at all, in summer as it is from a winter rainfall area and noted as being finicky in cultivation. There is not a good frost hardiness data on this plant but older specimens can be found in southern California and it is likely this plant can handle at least infrequent temperatures down to 25 F. This aloe has a fairly restricted distribution in the mountainous areas of Namaqualand and from near Calvinia in the Northern Cape of South Africa. The specific epithet refers to the Khamiesberg and Khamieskroon locations where this aloe was originally collected. Other common names for this plant include Tweederly, Aloeboom (meaning Aloe Tree) and Wilde-aalwyn (meaning Wild Aloe). Our plants from seed from Namaqualand received from Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Images in habitat courtesy of Ernst van Jaarsveld and the Institute for Aloe Studies 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 khamiesensis.