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Aloe gracilis

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Aloe gracilis - A rambling aloe resembling Aloe ciliaris var. ciliaris but a) does not exhibit hair-like fringe around the stem-clasping part of the leaves and b) leaves are erect, not recurved. Grows to a height of about 2m, flowers in autumn/winter (May-July). The narrow, dull green leaves are armed with small white teeth. The comparatively large flowers are deep-red in colour. Var. decumbens also occurs, but only in the Western Cape. Aloe gracilis occurs in thicket vegetation around Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage districts, from 100-1000m above sea level. Not difficult to cultivate. Prefers well-drained soil. Drought resistant, prefers full sun to semi-shade but does not cope well with frost.

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