Leaves have subtle white flecking and red marginal teeth. In winter, they can become incredibly colourful showing pinks, purples, yellows and greens. Each season has a distinct attractiveness it is a very beautiful aloe!
Scientific name: Aloe microstigma Salm-Dyck
Common Names include: Bottlebrush Aloe, Rosary Vine
Origin: Southern Africa, where it is a common and widely distributed plant in the interior of the Western and Eastern Cape(Little Karoo, Noorsveld)
Habitat: it can be found in a variety of dry habitats comprising flat open areas, steep rocky slopes, or amongst bushes. Where they grow, they are near to invisible between rocks and dry bushes.
Aloe microstigma (A young specimen)
Description: Aloe microstigma is a medium size and very attractive aloe that usually occur singularly or in small groups, up to 50 cm in diameter and 60-70 cm tall.
A. microstigma means 'very small spot' and conspicuous white spots appear on the leaves, which contrast well with the reddish teeth along the margins.
Aloe microstigma is one of the most floriferous aloes in South Africa with a wonderfull towering inflorescence that resembles flaming torches.
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.
Propagation: Almost exclusively by seeds planted in autumn, in trays of coarse river sand.