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Nubian Aloe

Nubian Aloe

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Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Description:

A colony forming variety producing large rosettes of narrow green leaves with red margins; spikes of coral and yellow flower clusters rise in late spring; a wonderful garden or container accent

Ornamental Features

Nubian Aloe's attractive succulent sword-like leaves remain green in color with distinctive red edges throughout the year. It features dainty spikes of coral-pink tubular flowers with yellow overtones rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Nubian 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

Nubian Aloe is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Nubian Aloe will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 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.

Nubian 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. 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
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features