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Aloe fievetii - Fievet's Aloe
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
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 20s F 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 2012 from the Institute of Aloe Studies distribution (IAS09-015).  This description is based on research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe fievetii.
 
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