Lace Aloe – Aristaloe aristata


Well rooted plant ± 10 cm diameter

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Aristaloe aristata, formerly known as Aloe aristata, is an attractive semi-hardy succulent that forms dense rosettes of thick fleshy triangular leaves. The rosettes grow up to 20 cm tall with a diameter equal to the height. The leaves are dark green with small white bumps, bristly margins, and tipped with a soft white spine. Flowers are orange-red, tubular, up to 4 cm long, and appear in up to 50 cm tall panicles in late spring to early summer.

This succulent is the type and sole species of Aristaloe, previously included in the genus Aloe.

Aristaloe aristata (Lace Aloe)

How to Grow and Care for Aristaloe aristata

Light: When growing A. aristata indoors, place your plant near a window that gets plenty of bright indirect light. Rotate the pot once or twice a week so that all sides of the plant receive equal lighting. Outdoors, provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

Soil: Plant A. aristata in a well-drained soil mix formulated for succulents. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.

Hardiness: When temperatures shift below 10 °C, it is time to bring your plant back inside. A. aristata can withstand temperatures as low as -12.2 to 4.4 °C.

Watering: This succulent does need regular watering but is very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.

Fertilizing: A. aristata generally does not require fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Feed with a fertilizer for succulents in spring and summer only. Be sure to follow the label directions.

Repotting: This plant is not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot it in the spring in a container a few inches larger in diameter every few years to keep it from becoming rootbound.

Toxicity of Aristaloe aristata

A. aristata is not listed as toxic for people and pets.

Uses of Aristaloe aristata

The Pondo people use the juice of A. aristata mixed with water to wash their bodies for its tonic and refreshing effect.