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Aloe fievetii - Fievet's Aloe

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Aloe fievetii (Fievet's Aloe) - A stemless or short stemmed plant that offsets sparingly, forming a rosette of 12-16 foot long narrow lanceolate red tinged green leaves that are erect then spreading with a dentate tip and reddish teeth. In late fall to early and mid-winter appear the unbranched or once branched inflorescence, rising above the leaves to nearly 2 feet tall, bearing bicolored candy corn flowers in capitate heads, with orange buds that open to display bright yellow flowers. Unlike Aloe capitata, which grows in the same region, this plant's flowers open from the bottom of the inflorescence first and then proceed to open upwards while Aloe capitata does the reverse. The leaves of this species are also narrower and more channeled than Aloe capitata. There is little information about the cultivation of this plant but based on its natural habitat and plants that grow with it we recommend planting it in full sun in a well drained soil and irrigating occasionally to very little. It should be hardy into the high 20°Fs and quite possibly less. Aloe fievetii has a restricted natural range found only close to its type locality near the village of Andomaranomaitso, 30 kilometers northwest Fianarantsoa, where it grows on granite rocks at around 4,000 feet in elevation. The species was named in 1965 by Gilbert Westacott Reynolds to honor Mr. Gerard Fievet, who first discovered the plant. Our plants received in 2009 from the Institute of Aloe Studies distribution (IAS09-015).  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Aloe fievetii.