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Aloe fosteri - Large Spotted Aloe

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
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 by 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 collected near Ohrigstad, Mpumalanga Provence, South Africa and provided to us by Ruth Bancroft Plant Curator Brian Kemble.  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 fosteri.