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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).

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. An unusual ground cover succulent that will sprawl over open ground and dangle pendulously over a rock edge.

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. 

This information about Aloe mitriformis displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.