Aloe erinacea 10.5cm
Aloe erinacea D.S.Hardy - Ετσεβέρια
A rare succulent plant discovered quite recently, in the 1980s in Namibia.
The word "erinacea" means "hedgehog-shaped" because in its natural habitat (coastal desert and rocky areas) its rosette-shaped leaves close up to form a sphere covered with spines. Its beautiful turquoise-green leaves are stiff and lance-shaped, and are heavily armed with white spines.
A. erinacea blooms for the first time only after approximately 25 years of life, producing red-orange flowers. This plant is a must have that can't be missed in your succulent plant collection.
- It requires a lot of light throughout the year, however, avoid direct sunlight especially during the hottest hours of the day.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures, but never below 8 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water the plant once every two weeks in spring and summer, once every two months in autumn and completely suspend watering in winter.
- A well-draining and at the same time nourishing soil is an optimal solution. A mix of 60% of peat and 40% of inert materials is a perfect combination.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.