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Products > Aloe fosteri
Aloe fosteri - Large Spotted Aloe

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe fosteri (Large Spotted Aloe) - A usually stemless spotted aloe that has rosettes to 2 to 3 feet wide with attractive 12 to 18 inch long pale blue-green leaves heavily dotted with cream spots and linear striations (described by Reynolds as "longitudinally elongated H-shaped spots") and reddish-brown marginal teeth. As with most of the spotted aloe the leaf tips dry, turn brown and curl. In fall appears the 3 to 4 feet tall branched inflorescence that is a dark purplish color covered with a gray powdery bloom and bearing many brightly colored deep-orange and yellow flowers. Plant in full sun. Give occasional to infrequent irrigation. Hardy to 20 F. This plant is thought byreceived in 2009 many to be the most attractive of the spotted aloe or maculate group that is named for the most common of the group, Aloe maculata (syn. A. saponaria). Its native range in northeastern South Africa is from Mpuamalanga to the west of the Drakensberg Mountains. Aloe forsteri was named by Neville S. Pillans, for whom Aloe pillansii is named, to honor aloe enthusiast Cyril Foster. Ourt plants are from seed received in 2009 that was collected near Ohrigstad, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa and provided to us by Ruth Bancroft Plant Curator Brian Kemble.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe fosteri.