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Aloe arenicola - Sand Aloe

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe arenicola (Sand Aloe) A clumping plant with stems 3 to 4 feet long lying flat to the ground or clambering up with support and holding, only within the last foot, upright rosettes bearing 7 inch long blue-green narrow leaves that are white spotted on both surfaces and have white teeth along the margins. With stress the leaves take a red-orange hue and in summer appear the multi-branched racemes with the pale orange-red flowers densely arranged in terminal clusters. Plant in full sun in a very well-drained soil and water infrequently, particularly in summer months as this aloe is prone to rot if overwatered. Has proven hardy to at least 25F during our January 2007 freeze and likely would take it a bit colder. This unique tough aloe remains in a small juvenile stage with snaking horizontal stems bearing small well-spaced triangular leaves until such time it matures and begins to grow upright with larger leaves. Sand Aloe comes from coastal sandy plains along the west coast of the Northern Cape of South African within the arid winter-rainfall Namaqualand, ranging from Lamberts Bay in the south north to the Orange River mouth at the Namibian border. It belongs in a group called the Creeping Aloes that include Aloe distans and Aloe comptonii, now combined with Aloe mitriformis, as well as the more shrubby Aloe pearsonii and the pendulous cliff-dwelling Aloe meyeri. The specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'arena' meaning "sand" and 'cola' meaning "inhabiting" in reference to this aloe's natural habit on sand dunes. Other common names include the Afrikaans names Bont-Ot'korrie and Sand-Aalwyn (Sand Aloe). We thank John Goetz of San Simeon Nursery for first giving us this gem of a plant in 2005.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Aloe arenicola.