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Aloe millotii - Millot's Aloe
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Aloe millotii - A small sprawling aloe that grows to 6 to 8 inches tall, well branched from the base with decumbent stems to 10 inches long (longer with some support) that hold leaves well spaced along the thin stems and at the tips an open rosette of a few leaves. The pale green white spotted leaves are 2 to 4 inches long, narrow, recurved with a rough textured and flat on the upper surface and rounded to nearly tubular below with leaf margins having small white soft teeth. When plants are not irrigated the leaves turn an attractive rose to brown color. At various times of the year but primarily in spring appear the 1 inch long green tipped reddish orange flowers on foot long inflorescences. Plant in full to part sun and water occasionally to infrequently. Cold hardy to around 25 °F. Makes and very interesting potted specimen with a tangle of thin wiry stems holding interesting foliage with and attractive flowers. Only known from Tanjana Vohimena (also known as Cap Saint- Marie) at Madagascar’s southernmost point where in grows on limestone in full sun of in the partial shade of Commiphora shrubs and is exposed to strong nearly continuous coastal winds. Its closest relatives are the larger and more robust Aloe antandroi and A. decaryi from which it differs by being smaller and more delicate and having reddish brown colored leaves. It was first described in 1955 by Gilbert Westacott Reynolds in theJournal of South African Botany (22: 21). The specific epithet honors of the French physiological anthropologist and biologist Jacques Millot (1897–1980). Our plants are cuttings from one plant received in 2015 from Ernesto Sandoval at the University of California Davis Botanical Conservatory with accession number UCD B95.267.  The information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe millotii.
 
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