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Tiger Aloe (Aloe variegata),
otherwise known as Partridge-breasted Aloe,
is a member of the aloe family and native to Namibia
and South Africa. The Tiger Aloe plant is considered
a shrub, and grows to be about 20 to 30 cm high.
Tiger Aloe Leaves
Their long, thick leaves number somewhere from 18 to
24, and are arranged in three rows. They grow to be
a nice dark green in color, with lighter green banding
and serration on the leaves.
The outer leaves of the Tiger Aloe
will eventually die off, turning a brownish color due
to a variety of reasons: lack of water, trauma, age,
etc. The outer leaves will be approximately 12 cm long
and 5 cm wide at their base.
Tiger Aloe Flowers
The Tiger Aloe plant will start to
grow flowers after reaching maturity. This takes anywhere
from 3 to 7 years depending on environmental conditions.
The flowers are orange in color, grow in March and April,
and form in a cluster at the head of the raceme.