AZ Arboretums

Aloe distans

Jeweled aloe

Common: Jeweled aloe
Family: Liliaceae
Origin: South Africa
Sunset Zone: 8, 9, 12-24
Temperature: Frost free areas; where winters are cooler, grow in pots and shelter from frosts
Light: Full sun; light shade inland
Soil: Grow easily in well drained soil
Water: Infrequent, deep watering

Aloes range from 6 inch miniatures to trees. Most kinds make outstanding container plants. They form clumps of fleshy pointed leaves, and bear branched or unbranched clusters of flowers. The fleshy blue green leaves have scattered white spots and white teeth along the edges.

Flower stems are 1-1/2 to 2 ft. tall with forked flower stems, and carry clusters of red showy flowers.

Plants grown in the shade are more green and succulent than those in full sun, and those located in direct sun may develop dry and unkempt look. Latex beneath the skin is irritant.