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Aloe reitzii - Reitz's Aloe

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Aloe reitzii (Reitz's Aloe) - A robust stemless plant, usually with a single rosette to 3 feet tall, with long relatively broad silvery blue-green leaves with reddish teeth along the margins. In summer appears the spectacular inflorescence that branches near its base (2 to 6 times) with each stem becoming a vertical spike rising well above the foliage and holding dark red to orange-red down-curved flowers that lie flat against the stems with the oldest flowers turning yellow at the tips starting from the bottom of the spike. Young plants may produce only one raceme but older plants can produce multiple racemes, further enhancing a spectacular sight. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate rarely to occasionally. Acccording to Brian Kemble this plant has proven hardy in cultivation at the Ruth Bancroft Garden down to 20F. A great plant for the dry garden or as a container specimen though seed grown plants can take up to 7 years to mature and begin blooming. It is unusual because of its downturned flowers and because it blooms in summer, while most other Aloes are winter blooming. This plant has a restricted distribution in a very small area on rocky slopes in the grasslands near the Belfast district of Mpumalanga in northern KwaZulu-Natal. There is also a winter-blooming form of this plant called Aloe reitzii var. vernalis that comes from The Vryheid District to the south. Gilbert Reynolds named this plant in 1943 to honor Francis William Reitz, then the South African Minister of Agriculture and nephew of the president of the Orange Free State, with whom he shared the same name.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate 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 reitzii.