Aloe tomentosa

 In Aloe

Synonyms:

No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Habitat:

Aloe tomentosa is native from Yemen, and it’s widespread in Yemen and in Saudi Arabia. Its habitat are rocky slopes at a high-altitude (1400-3000 meters).

Description:

Aloe tomentosa is a perennial shrubby plant which forms a single rosette: it becomes 60-120 centimeters tall. Its leaves are light green tinged in red on the top, and they may have stripes or spots. The margins may have a brownish hint, and are provided with teeth. Leaves are thicker at the top and more narrow at the base. The leaves’ sap can be yellowish. The typical feature of Aloe tomentosa is actually the inflorescence: it is a raceme, 70-80 centimeters tall, in which develop many pinkish-red flowers. The flowers have a soft hair, typical of Aloe tomentosa (the word “tomentosa” means “hairy”). The blossoming season is in late summer.

Cultivation:

Aloe tomentosa 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). Aloe tomentosa comes from a summer rainfall area, so it needs abundant watering in summer. Before each watering, it’s better to wait until the soil is completely dry. Aloe tomentosa needs bright light. It can survive temperatures until -7ºC, because its natural environment is at high altitude. Aloe tomentosa is a fast-growing Aloe, and it reach its full size in 5-6 years.

Propagation:

This plant can be propagated from seeds. Sow the seeds in a sandy medium and keep them moist for 16-18 days, until they germinate.

Curiosity:

Aloe tomentosa’s leaves have antibiotic properties.

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