Coral aloe (Aloe striata) is a succulent native to South Africa. Succulents originated in climates where rain is not regular or predictable, and many are therefore drought tolerant—their leaves and stems can store water to tide them over during dry spells. Coral aloe's smooth, fleshy leaves form a tight rosette at the base of the plant, and can reach 18 inches long before tapering to a point. The tubular, coral-orange flowers bloom on erect stems held 2 feet above the foliage, and the nodding, dense inflorescences provide a colorful contrast to the leaves below.
Coral aloe is one of the easiest aloe species to grow. It isn't fussy about where it is sited, but it likes well-drained soil and handles all but hot sun or significant shade. As with most aloes, the flowers provide nectar to hummingbirds when grown outdoors in USDA Zones 9a-11.
January - February, March - April
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies