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Aloe reynoldsii - Mbashe Aloe

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
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.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Aloe reynoldsii.