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Aloe nubigena - Graskop Cliff Aloe
 
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Aloe nubigena (Graskop Cliff Aloe) - A smaller grass aloe that forms clumps of rosettes that have long narrow medium green strap shaped leaves that are strongly recurved and smooth in texture. The leaves lack nearly all teeth and what little they may have are tiny and though the leaves are succulent, they are not rigid. In summer appear the inflorescence 8 to 10 inch tall arching inflorescence rising just above the foliage with well-spaced tubular orange red flowers with green tips that droop downwards on 1 inch long slender pedicels. Plant in cool coastal sun to light shade in a well-drained organically amended soil or potting mix and give regular irrigation in summer months. Thought to be hardy to around 30F. Protect from rabbits. This is an interesting and attractive small aloe that should lend itself to a border edge, a raised bed or used as a container plant or even as a hanging basket. In nature this plant is considered rare and grows with a shaded southerly exposure in clumps along ledges or are pendulous, hanging from sandstone cliffs on the north-eastern Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga at around 5000 to 7000 feet. This area has a climate that is cool with abundant summer rainfall and fog. Such cliff dwelling plants are sometimes called succulent cremnophytes or cremnads from the Greek word 'cremnos' meaning "cliff" and 'phuto' or 'phyto' meaning a "plant". It is closely related to the more common The specific epithet means "cloud born". This plants first came to us in 2009 from the Institute for Aloe Studies (IAS#09-050).  The information on this page is based on our library and online research as well as observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe nubigena.
 
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