Piccola pianta accestente dai colori spettacolari. Le foglie prendono facilmente toni ramati e possono diventare di un intenso colore rosso-rame in pieno sole (soprattutto in inverno)
Scientific name: Aloe dorotheae A.Berger
Common Names include: Karoo Aloe, Ramenas, Aloe
Origin: Eastern Africa, Tanzania (Pangani Dist.)
Etymology: Named after Miss Dorothy Westhead (fl. 1908), London
Aloe dorotheae (in full sun)
Description: Aloe dorotheae is a small, shrubby, rosettes-forming succulent, slowly offsetting it will form clumps up to 50 cm in width.
Leaves are deep green but can take a dark brick-red colour in full sun especially in time of drought during the winter month, they are bordered by short translucent white marginal "teeth".
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.