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Aloe melanacantha var. melanacantha
Scientific Name: Aloe melanacantha var. melanacantha Berger
Family: Asphodelaceae
Aloe  melanacantha var. melanacantha
Aloe melanacantha in bloom at the DBG in early February
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Generally little protection is needed in Phoenix

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Part sun to full sun

Origin: South Africa (Namaqualand)

Growth Habits: Solitary or slowly clumping

Watering Needs: Winter grower, keep drier in summer


Aloe melanacantha has green thorns on the side of the leaf, turning black as the leaf matures.
The species name "melanacantha" comes from the Greek for "with black thorns".

Aloe  melanacantha var. melanacantha

Blooming Habits:
The Aloe melanacantha has flowers on a single stem, in late autumn. The red flowers turn yellow as they age.

Fruiting Habits:

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