Aloe rauhii cv. America
No synonyms are recorded for this species name.
Aloes are generally from South Africa and Aloe rauhii is from Madagascar, but Aloe rauhii cv America is a nursery produced cultivar.
Aloe rauhii cv. america is similar to Aloe rauhii, that is the species from which the cv. “America” has been created. It is a perennial,stemless plant, which tend to form small groups of individuals by forming many offsets from its roots. The leaves are arranged in a rosette. They are more yellowish than the ones of Aloe rauhii, and they have reddish tinges. They are spotted as the leaves of Aloe rauhii, but the spots are not so white, instead they are light green-pale yellowish, and they assume a reddish tinge moving towards the top of the leaves. Moreover, the spots have not the H-shape, like snowflakes, typical of the ones of Aloe rauhii, but they are more elongated, linear. The margins of the leaves are provided with soft red teeth. The inflorescence is similar to the one of Aloe rauhii. It is a raceme born by a more or less 30 centimeters long stem, with many pink-scarlet flowers.
The tips for the cultivation of Aloe rauhii cv. America are similar to the ones for the other Aloes. It requires a well-drained 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 (once a month it’s sufficient) and, in spring and summer, watering once or twice every two weeks is sufficient. Before each watering, it’s better to wait until the soil is completely dry. Aloe rauhii cv. America needs bright light, especially in winter. It can survive temperatures close to 0ºC but, to prevent damages, it’s better to keep it indoors, especially if you live in a region with cold winters. Repotting is not so frequent, because Aloes are relatively slow-growing plants.
The easiest way to propagate Aloes is to take off one of its many offsets, produced in spring, and put it to root in a river sand substrate.
The name Aloe comes from the Arabic word “aluat” , which means “bitter thing” because of the bitter juice of its leaves. Plants of this genus are also called “stick of heaven”, “gift of Venus”, “plants of immortality”, “silent healer”, “doctor in a jar” because of their many beneficial detoxifying and disinfecting properties, which help to heal wounds and burns.