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Aloe reitzii - Reitz's Aloe
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Aloe reitzii - Reitz's Aloe

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Pack of 5 seeds of this rare South African endemic.

This is another medium sized aloe that grows in one isolated area in Mpumalanga and nowhere else. Where it grows it does so in numbers, so the main threat would be expansion of the nearby town.Growing ordinarily to 1 metres or so tall, it is not clustering, nor does it form a trunk/stem. Flowering occurs in summer, this species generally comes into bloom much earlier than most other Aloes. The flowers are borne on large branching spikes and are yellow/red in colour, these attract a wide variety of wildlife as they are loaded with nectar. The flowers may be followed by seed pods where pollination has occurred .

The plant may flower in 5 to 7 years from seed in it's natural state, but in the far better conditions it will find in cultivation, this is likely to happen much more quickly. It is not reliably hardy so should be grown in a pot and brought in during cold weather or grown as a greenhouse specimen or as a houseplant. It easy in cultivation, despite its rarity in habitat.

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