Aloe peglerae

Synonyms:

No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Habitat:

Aloe peglerae is native from South Africa, it’s an endemic species to to the Magaliesberg, from near Pretoria to near Rustenburg in the Western Transvaal, and the northern slopes of the Witwatersberg. It’s listed in the Red Data of South Africa as an endangered species: its population has decreased because of an unlimited collection. Now it’s illegal to collect it and take it off from its natural environment.

Description:

Aloe peglerae is a low-growing, characteristic aloe for its leaf arrangement. Its greyish-green leaves are arranged in a rosette and they are curved inward so that the plant assume a rounded, spherical aspect. The rosette reach only 30-40 centimeters of diameter and the entire plant, excluding the inflorescence, reach the height of 30-40 centimeters. Leaves’ margins are provided with reddish-brown spines. Also in the middle of the lower surface of the leaves there are spines. The inflorescence is a solitary stem, 30-40 centimeters tall, bearing a long, really dense raceme (resembling a very long ear) of dull red tubular flowers. The blooming season, in its natural environment, is in winter (July-August), while, in Northern hemisphere, the blossoming occurs from November till February.

Cultivation:

Aloe peglerae is a very tough plant. It requires a well-drained acid soil, composed of one third of sand or pebbles, to prevent roots rotting. Also leaf rotting can occur, if you wet too much the leaves while watering and you water too much frequently. Watering can be almost completely suspended in winter and, in spring and summer, you can water once or twice every two weeks, abundantly. Before each watering, it’s better to wait until the soil is completely dry. This species needs to be exposed to filtered light, unlike most Aloes. Of course they tolerate also a full exposure to sunlight, and the leaves, if so, will turn reddish. Pay attention in winter. Exposure to frost should be absolutely avoided so, if you are cultivating Aloe peglerae outdoors, try to protect it with little “greenhouse-like” shelters. It’s good to remember to remove old inflorescence stems. Aloe peglerae is a slow-growing species, so it can be cultivated also in pots.

Propagation:

The propagation of Aloe peglerae can be done either by seeds, or taking off one of its numerous offsets. Seeds should be sown in a well draining river sand substrate.

Curiosity:

Aloe-based products (and in particular Aloe Vera varieties) have been experiencing a period of intense commercial exploitation for some years, which is only partially justified by the actual plant properties. Morover, Aloe species are frequently cultivated as ornamental plants both in gardens and in pots because they are highly decorative and are valued by collectors of succulents.

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