It is a very spectacularly coluoured, suckering, and low-growing
It is a very desirable kind that produce beautiful flowers regularly in
March-April, and sometime later.
Description: Aloe humilis
is a low growing heavily suckering succulent that forms crowded
clusters. This clustering aloe is a wonderful little species that has
very large blooms compared to the size of the plant. It is a very
variable species that remains small through the entire life cycle .
Stem: Virtually acaulescent (stemless) or very shortly stemmed.
Rosettes: Up to 20 cm in diameter.
Leaves: 20-30 per rosette, short, ascending, small about 7-12 cm
long and 1-1,8 cm wide, pale blue-green or grey-green, soft, ovate to
triangular shaped, obscurely lineate, very accuminate, incurved, with
thin soft white marginal spines about 3 mm long and a gray-green dewy,
waxy surface covered with irregularly spaced bumps (tubercules) often
arranged in tranverse rows on both the upper and lower surfaces.
Flowers: About 20 pendulous, bright orange-scarlet, tubular up to
4-5 cm long, arranged loosely on top of a 20-35 cm tall spike.
Blooming season: Late winter to spring and sometime later,
Leaves are pale blue-green
and are bordered by short translucent white marginal "teeth" and
irregularly spaced bumps (tubercules) often arranged in tranverse rows
on both the upper and lower surfaces.
Aloe humilis Mill.
Common Names include: Spider Aloe,
Blue dwarf aloe, Dwarf hedge-hog Aloe.
Origin: South Africa (Western Cape, Eastern Cape)
Habitat: Grows in the transitional zone in
South Africa between summer and winter rainfall areas - the best area
from which succulents come.
Etymology: The species name humilis means 'low growing',
refering to the plant's growth habit.
- Aloe subtuberculata
- Aloe humilis var. acuminata
- Aloe humilis var. echinata (Willd.)
- Aloe humilis var. incurva (Haw.)
- Aloe humilis var. semiguttata
- Aloe humilis var. suberecta
- Aloe humilis var. subtuberculata
- Aloe suberecta var. acuminata
- Aloe humilis var. semiguttata
- Aloe tuberculata
- Aloe incurva
- Aloe acuminata
- Aloe humilis var. candollei
- Aloe humilis var. minor
- Aloe acuminata var. major
- Catevala humilis
- Aloe humilis
- Aloe humilis var. humilis
- Aloe perfoliata var. humilis
- Aloe suberecta, Aloe echinata
Cultivation: Easy to grow, requiring
very little care. It can be grown in large containers. Always use a good
quality, loamy sandy soil with plenty of drainage chips at the bottom of
containers. It tolerates weekly watering in the summer; once a month, or
not at all in the colder months of December and January. Can withstand
long periods of drought, but they will thrive and flower more profusely
if watered in the correct season. Incorrect watering, poor drainage or
too much shade can lead to attack by pests and diseases. They can take a
few degrees of frost in winter as well, but prefer hot summers. It grows
much better outdoors in spring and summer.
In mild climates it can be cultivated outdoors for use in landscaping,
preferably planting it in hot and dry rock gardens. They will grow best
in regions with a climate close to that of their native deserts
not too cold, and not too wet.
exclusively by division of larger clumps, in trays of coarse river sand.
- Gardening: Excellent on patio or as
landscape or rock garden subject. This is a great aloe for rocky,
exposed areas of the garden where you want some non-green colour.