Aloe jucunda

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No synonyms are recorded for this species name.


Aloe Jucunda is native of Northern Somalia, where it’s present only in forests with an altitude from 1060 to 1680 meters upon sea level, in limestone-based soils, in a very reduced range on the Gaan Libah plateau.  Its habitat is rapidly disappearing. That’s why this species is classified from the IUCN as “critically endangered”.


Aloe jucunda is a small stemless plant reaching the maximum height of 35 centimeters. It forms clusters of triangular, dark green, smooth leaves, densely covered of white spots, with teeth on the margins. The inflorescence is a single cylindric cluster of pink, 30 mm long flowers.


The plant requires a bright spot: put it under direct sunlight. The perfect temperature for Aloe is 20-24ºC. However, this plant resists until -5ºC for short periods. Water it abundantly in the growing season (spring-summer).  In winter, watering can be completely suspended. While watering, avoid wetting the leaves: water stagnation inside them can cause leaf rotting. Repot Aloe every year, early in spring.  Sandy and acidic soils are the best for aloe.


Aloe can be propagated by seeds or suckers. The plant forms often little suckers from its roots. The suckers can be removed and planted in new pot, and they will grow as new individuals.  They should be picked up late in spring.


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