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Aloe greatheadii var. davyana

Family: Asphodelaceae

Common names: Spotted Aloe (E); Transvaalaalwyn (A); Kgopane (Tsw);

Native to: Southern Africa
Groundcover, Succulent
A beautiful winter flowering aloe for a grassland garden

Aloe greatheadii var. davyana

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.3m x 0.5m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Aloe greatheadii var. davyana

DESCRIPTION

Aloe greatheadii var. davyana is a beautiful grassland species ideally suited to a cold highveld garden. The plants flower in winter and light up the veld with their colourful displays. For the rest of the year the plants are nondescript and often hidden from view amongst our indigenous veld grasses. The species has a narrow form with spiny, spotted leaves which form a rosette at the base.  The flower spikes however are tall and can reach up to 1.5 meters in height, giving this species a superb architectural effect. Sunbirds and bees are attracted to the flowers in winter, so along with it’s narrow form it makes a hardy and versatile species to add to a garden.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Grassland, bushveld
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Provides nectar for sunbirds and bees in winter
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Low water requirements
MAINTENANCE
This is a hardy, low-maintenance species and little maintenance is required. Plants that outgrow their space can be split and moved to other parts of the garden
LANDSCAPING USES
Plant this species as part of a grassland-themed garden, or in a rockery. In the wild the plants are often found in the company of Melinis repens (Natal Red Top), and because the pinkish colour of the two species complement each other it is worthwhile experimenting with this combination in your garden. In the wild the species is also partially hidden below veld grasses, and possibly because of this the species tends to succeed in both sun and semi-shade conditions.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Grassland, Rockery, Succulent
FLOWERS
Pink, sometimes closer to red
FOLIAGE
The leaves form a rosette at the base of the plant, have toothed margins and are usually a dull, spotted green – although plants that have been watered more frequently are usually brighter green.
FRUIT
PESTS & DISEASES
Aloe are susceptible to a few pests and diseases such as leaf scale and snout beetle, however if not overwatered, Aloe greatheadii var. davyana is less prone to disease than most.

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