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Aloe reynoldsii - Mbashe Aloe
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe reynoldsii (Mbashe Aloe) An attractive solitary or few clustered spineless aloe that grows up to 2 feet tall with a short (less than 4 inches) stout stem holding an open rosette of short, smooth lanceolate spineless leaves that are a pale green color with white spots on both the upper and lower surfaces and leaf margins that are a slightly crenulated with a light pink colored edge and small soft teeth. In late winter into mid spring appear the 2 foot tall branched panicles of golden-yellow flowers. Plant is coastal full sun to part sun inland in a well-drained soil. Prefers not to have wet roots in winter months so soil must drain well and any additional irrigation withheld during a typical wet California winter and appreciated occasional to infrequent irrigation in summer months. Hardy to around 27 F, so may need protection from moderate frost. A great aloe for a dry morning sun location. Easy to maintain in a pot, raised mound or a dry wall. Aloe reynoldsii has a very restricted natural distribution in a unique habitat on sheer south-facing shale cliffs along the Mbashe River around 1000 to 2000 feet in elevation near Idutywa in the Eastern Cape. This area has hot summers and cooler, dry winters with rainfall occurring mainly in summer. The specific epithet honors well-known aloe expert and author Gilbert W. Reynolds (18951967). Another common name is Yellow Spineless Aloe. Our plants from seed off of our stock plants that came from the Institute of Aloe Studies.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will 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 reynoldsii.