This is a little jewel box aloe that is at home in frost free gardens, pots on the porch or indoors where there is bright light. As its name suggests, this ground hugging Aloe originates from the dry climates of Zanzibar, a small island off the coast of Tanzania. Voodoo aloe develops little upright rosettes that elongate over time and travel horizontally, rooting as they go. In addition, it produces lateral plantlets, or pups, over time to form colonies. Sometimes the original point of attachment to the mother plant rots away and the pups become independent to start the process over again. Its small, slightly toothed, fleshy leaves are lime green with white bumpy spots on the edges and surface, which lends a unique texture. In full sun the foliage may attain a brownish hue. This little aloe blooms every spring. Each rosette produces a leafless wiry stem, called a scape, topped with a conical cluster of bright red, tubular flowers. They are exquisite and highly attractive to birds and bees. In southwestern North America they will even attract hummingbirds.
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