Aloe Lucky Dip (Mixed Species) | 25 seeds
Here’s a great chance to grow out a selection of fantastic Aloe species, without breaking the bank! Order a pack or two of this Aloe Lucky Dip (Mixed Species) seed and you’ll soon have an attractive succulent collection…
Assigned to the family Asphodelaceae, the Aloe (sometimes written as Aloë) genus currently contains more than five hundred species of flowering succulents, along with many subspecies, varieties and hybrids. The type species is Aloe perfoliata, but the species that’s most often found in cultivation is Aloe vera, the ‘True Aloe’.
Native to tropical and southern Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Jordan, Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion, most types of Aloe grow as a rosette of large, thick, grey to green and fleshy leaves – either at ground level, or from a branched or unbranched stem. As is common to all succulent plants, Aloe survive in their arid natural habitats by means of the water which they store in their leaves, stems and/or roots, making them drought-tolerant. Densely-clustered, tubular flowers bloom from the stem’s apex and are commonly coloured orange, pink, red or yellow. Several species, such as the gorgeous Aloe ferox, feature mottled or striped leaf patterns, making them a distinctive sight wherever they occur.
Besides their massive popularity as ornamental plants (the cultivar Aloe ‘Lizard Lips’ was awarded the (UK) Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit), various Aloe species (notably Aloe ferox, Aloe perryi and Aloe vera) can or have been used in herbal medicine and to make medicinal soaps, as well to flavour food.
If you’re new the genus (or succulents in general), why wait to get your Aloe collection started? Try growing some cool mystery species by buying an Aloe Lucky Dip today!
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018