Aloe humilis growing on a 45º slab-covered south-facing slope. Such a position ensures maximum natural heat and light all year. A. humilis is, however, quite robust and will grow in less favoured positions. While this aloe has particularly striking flowers its main drawback is that slugs find its flowers hard to resist. Most of the available aloes are from South Africa and, although they are less resistant to very low temperatures than the agaves, those that originate from around the Fynbos and south-west coastal strip (Mediterranean) area are suited to the climate of the South-West UK better because they tolerate winter wet much more readily. All aloes possess less vicious spines than the agaves. A well-drained soil is important, especially in the immediate vicinity of the plants, if aloes are to thrive.
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Aloe humilis

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