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Aloe reitzii

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Reitz's Aloe (Aloe reitzii) at Roger's Gardens

Reitz's Aloe

Reitz's Aloe

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Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Description:

A robust, stemless variety that is usually a single rosette with long, silvery blue-green leaves with reddish teeth on the margins; produces vertical spikes of orange-red flowers in summer; a wonderful garden or container accent

Ornamental Features

Reitz's Aloe features dainty spikes of red tubular flowers with orange overtones rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive large succulent sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in color with showy powder blue variegation and tinges of pink throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Reitz's Aloe is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Reitz's Aloe is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Reitz's Aloe will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Reitz's Aloe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features