Aloe variegata, or Partridge Breast Aloe, is a stoloniferous clump-forming succulent native to South Africa. It is a strikingly beautiful Aloe. The plant will reach about 11 inches (30 cm) tall with bluish-green leaves. Leaves are arranged in 3 ranks and painted with oblong white spots in irregular crossbands. Margins are horny and white and warty. This is one of the prettiest Aloes that we have grown and is of very easy culture.
Blooming: In the greenhouse, the plants will bloom in mid to late spring. The loose racemes with 1.5 inch (3.8 cm) salmon colored flowers are very showy.
Culture: Aloe variegata need full sun to partial shade with a well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts coarse sand. Plants respond well to average watering, but should be allowed to dry in between. We fertilize the plants once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label. During the winter months here, we restrict the water and let nighttime temperatures drop to 48°F (9°C).
Propagation: Aloe variegata is propagated from division of large clumps. We usually do this in late spring after flowering.
Aloe variegata was featured as Plant of the Week May 30-June 5, 2008.
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