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Aloe mitriformis - Mitre Aloe
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [A. distans cv., Hort.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Aloe mitriformis (Mitre Aloe) A moderately fast growing sprawling aloe with thick long ground creeping branching stems to 6 feet long that have upturned rosettes of thick fleshy light blue-green colored wedge shaped 6 inch long leaves that have soft white teeth that darken to yellow and then brown as they age. In summer months appear the salmon-red flowers in capitate heads on a branched inflorescence that rises 2 feet above the leaves. This plant is more robust than the plant we continue to list as Aloe distans, though both are now considered subspecies of Aloe mitriformis (and some synonymize these with Aloe perfoliata). A unusual ground cover succulent that will sprawl over open ground and dangle pendulously over a rock edge. Plant in full sun to light shade. Best in cooler coastal climates where it requires little or only occasional irrigation. This plant is drought tolerant and fire-retardant and frost hardy to the low 20's F. This plant is native to the Western Cape region and Cape of Good Hope in South Africa where is grows on flat rocky sandstone. The specific epithet means "like a mitre" in reference to the shape of the rosettes, particularly when drought stress that resemble a mitre or bishop's cap.  The information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe mitriformis.
 
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