Aloe mitriformis is related to the better known Aloe vera plant and is often used to populate rock gardens, although in the UK it is also a common houseplant. It can be a tricky plant to nurture so be sure to do plenty of research before attempting to grow your own.
Aloe mitriformis is a succulent plant and has thick, short leaves that are arranged in a rosette style with short barbs along the outer edges. The leaves are usually a blue green colour, acquiring a reddish tint in dry conditions. The flowers are bright red orange and grow in a cone like shape on stalks.
Coming from a sub-tropical climate of South Africa and the Mediterranean regions, Aloe mitriformis is used to a dry, sunny location and it will grow best in full sun. Although it will tolerate temperatures as low as 5 degrees C, its optimal temperature is around 25 degrees C. Aloe mitriformis grows relatively slowly to a height and spread of about 18 inches.
Aloe mitriformis is easily propagated by simply taking leaf cuttings, letting them dry for a day or two and then planting them in light, sandy soil.
The family is Aloaceae, the genus is Aloe and the species is mitriformis. Aloe mitriformis is a dwarf version of Aloe Vera, which is well known for its healing properties. It is native to South Africa.
Aloe mitriformis is a succulent and used to warm conditions so is best grown at temperatures around 25 degrees C. It will survive as low as 5 degrees C, but if you live in a temperature climate, it is best brought in during the winter months. Water sparingly, especially during winter. Blackened patches on the leaves are signs of over-watering. It can be grown successfully outdoors in temperate climates during the summer months but will need to be brought inside during cold weather.
Did You Know?
The Aloe genus has long been used for medicinal reasons with the plant flesh treating skin irritation or damage and the juice for easing digestive discomfort.