Aloe Plicatilis (Fan Aloe)

Aloe Plicatilis (Fan Aloe), a drought tolerant plant.

Another amazing South African succulent. The Aloe Plicatilis is a remarkable aloe and incredibly unique. The fan aloe is one the five tree-aloes that grow naturally in South Africa. It undoubtedly earns it’s name from the fan-like display of is long, finger like, leaves. Plicatilis, in latin, also means “fan-like”. While the species is said to grow up to 15’ tall, very rarely, out of its natural habitat, will it reach such one-of-a-kind levels. They are relatively slow growing plants, known to branch at a young age, but will stay tight and compact. In the wild it is only known to grow in a small area of the Western Cape. In order to get the best results with this aloe, mimic the the well-draining, sandy, slightly acidic soil that is found on the side of the rocky slopes. The climate in this pocket of the cape also mimics that of what aeonium are familiar with. The Mediterranean climate has dry, hot, summers followed by cold wet winters. Like the aeonium, Aloe Plicatilis is a winter growing succulent and while it appears hot and thirsty in the summer, its actually quite drought tolerant during its summer dormancy.

More Succulent Tips

Aloe Hybrid Sunset at sunset

As promised, a photo of the Aloe Hybrid Sunset at Sunset. There are well over 500 cultivars of aloe, many of which are recent hybrids, and more often than not, we the growers, can’t tell them apart. But this aloe, Hybrid Sunset, is a remarkable hybrid. Kelly Griffin,...

Houseplant Trends for 2021

Interior designers are using houseplants more than ever to reinvigorate rooms with fresh style and vibrant energy. Give your home a glow-up with these houseplant design trends for 2021!

Elephant Bush Flowers

Nearly all plants flower. Trees, shrubs, vines, and even weeds produce flowers. However, in many cases, it takes many years for a plant to reach a flowering maturity and can be an uncommon sight. The flowers on the portulacaria afra, or “Elephants Food” (because in...

Echeveria Arlie Wright

This particularly stunning hybrid created by Dick Wright was named after his mother “Arloine”. The exact crosses are unknown, but as most of Dick Wrights hybrids, this plant was stemmed off of Echeveria Gibbiflora. Echeveria Gibbiflora has lend itself very well to...

Succulent Symmetry & Agave Blue Glow

Succulents in the garden can add contemporary beauty with the use of ancient symmetrical principles. Geometery has been used in gardens, landscapes, and design since the Egyptians and before. Symmetry doesn’t always mean perfectly mirrored, although possible with...

Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi “Aurora Borealis”

Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Marginata "Aurora Borealis". The name of this plant is a real mouthful. The scalloped purple leaves of the Fedtschenkoi take on bright ivory, cream, colored edges. These cream edges cast a soft pink band when exposed to higher light. Aurora...

Blue Curls Echeveria

Echeveria ‘Blue Curls’ is a plant that an entire design can be built around. The colors, shapes, and overall appearance of this echeveria can influence an entire landscape or arrangement. Green, blue, purple, wavy, rosette forming leaves make this plant a true...

Euphorbia Leucodendron – Cat Tails

More architechtual than its more wild counter part, Euphorbia Tirucalli, the Euphorbia Leucodendron has thicker, more erect, and less bushy branches. We like the use of these euphorbia as small shrubbing barriers as it grows only to 4’ tall in containers. The...

Sedum Pachyphllum (Jelly Beans)

A cute and playful sprawling succulent from Mexico. It won’t grow much over a foot tall before crippling over by it’s own weight. Easily roots from fallen leaves, and as it spreads each stem forms roots and becomes it’s own mother plant. The small jelly bean like...

How Do I Get My Hoya Plant to Bloom?

When encouraging a hoya to flower, it’s important to understand the stages of growth and everything your plant needs to produce its signature scented blooms.

Visit Us Today

Want to Learn more?

More Plant Parenting Advice

Visit Us Today

Want to Learn more?