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Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells'

Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells'


Succulentopedia

Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells'

Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells' is an upright growing, shrubby plant up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall, with short, lanceolate, gray-green leaves that blush maroon…


Aloe

Aloe ( / æ l ˈ oʊ i / , / ˈ æ l oʊ i , ˈ æ l oʊ / ), also written Aloë, is a genus containing over 550 species of flowering succulent plants. [3] The most widely known species is Aloe vera, or "true aloe". It is called this because it is cultivated as the standard source for assorted pharmaceutical purposes. [4] Other species, such as Aloe ferox, are also cultivated or harvested from the wild for similar applications. [5]

The APG IV system (2016) places the genus in the family Asphodelaceae, subfamily Asphodeloideae. Within the subfamily it may be placed in the tribe Aloeae. [6] In the past, it has been assigned to the family Aloaceae (now included in the Asphodeloidae) or to a broadly circumscribed family Liliaceae (the lily family). The plant Agave americana, which is sometimes called "American aloe", belongs to the Asparagaceae, a different family.

The genus is native to tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar, Jordan, the Arabian Peninsula, and various islands in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Réunion, Comoros, etc.). A few species have also become naturalized in other regions (Mediterranean, India, Australia, North and South America, Hawaiian Islands, etc.). [1]