Lace aloe

Aloe aristata | Also known as: Torch plant | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Light up your garden with these flame yellow spikes of flowers

Aloe aristata, torch plant or lace aloe grows in a rosette with fleshy succulent leaves with a highly toothed edge. It produces orange flowers that are rich in nectar and so bring bees and insects to the garden. It needs to be kept fairly warm, so it should be grown under glass in colder climates. It's an attractive plant and has been given a Royal Horticultural Award of Garden Merit. It will grow up to half a metre in height, and will thrive in most types of soil. It doesn't need pruning and it isn't usually affected by disease.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.13
Spread [m]
  • 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Orange
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Rosette
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years