Aloe perfoliata Care and Propagation (Aloe mitriformis)

Aloe perfoliata is also known as Aloe mitriformis, Aloe distant and Aloe nobilis. The succulent plant Aloe perfoliata is a blue-green aloe composed of clusters of small rosettes, forming small colonies along the ground as it grows. In this article, learn about Aloe perfoliata care and propagation methods.

Despite its appearance Aloe perfoliata, lance-shaped leaves have harmless whitish-white to yellow “teeth” along the edges and bumps through the underside of the leaves.

By the effect of the sun, with its light and heat, Aloe perfoliata changes the color of its leaves with pinkish tones toward the tips.

Although most Aloe plants bloom in the winter, Aloe mitriformis blooms in the summer with imponents red flowers.

The variety Aloe mitriformis of Aloe perfoliata was classified as Aloe perfoliata var. mitriformis by Aiton and is popularly named Mitre Aloe in a way to simplify its scientific name. This succulent plant is also known by different synonymous names, such as Aloe distant (Aloe mitriformis subsp. distant) and Aloe nobilis.

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The variety Aloe mitriformis of Aloe perfoliata was classified as Aloe perfoliata var. mitriformis by Aiton and is popularly named Mitre Aloe in a way to simplify its scientific name. This succulent plant is also known by different synonymous names, such as Aloe distant and Aloe nobilis.

Aloe perfoliata Characteristics

  • Aloe mitriformis prefers full sun to partial shade.
  • Aloe mitriformis is sensitive to extreme cold.
  • Aloe mitriformis grows to 12” (30 cm) tall and 24” (60 cm) wide.
  • Aloe mitriformis should be grown indoors if given enough light.
  • Aloe mitriformis propagation should be successful by tillers, cuttings, or seeds.
  • The ideal temperature for this Aloe perfoliata is between 30.2 °F and 86 °F (-1ºC and +30ºC).
  • Aloe perfoliata needs the typical water requirements for a succulent.
  • Aloe perfoliata may be toxic to humans and animals, as many other aloe plants due to its content of saponins.
  • Aloe perfoliata grows actively in summer.
  • Aloe perfoliata blooms in summer.
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Aloe mitriformis blooms in the summer with imponents red flowers. Aloe perfoliata changes the color of its leaves with pinkish tones toward the tips.

Aloe perfoliata Care

Aloe mitriformis Care – Lighting

Aloe perfoliata Care. Depending on where it is grown, the succulent Aloe mitriformis may have many different appearances.  When stressed in full sun, Aloe mitriformis leaves turn red or pink. Aloe perfoliata prefers full sun to partial shade.

Aloe perfoliata Care – Watering

Aloe perfoliata Care – Watering. This aloe has the typical watering needs of an aloe. It is best to let the soil dry out and then water. Allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Aloe mitriformis Care – Location: Where to Plant Aloe distant

Aloe mitriformis Care – Location: Where to Plant Aloe distant. Aloe mitriformis is sensitive to extreme cold.

Therefore, if you live in an area that reaches temperatures below 30.2 °F (-1° C), it is best to place the Aloe distant in a container that can be brought inside.

When growing Aloe nobilis the best is to place it in a pot located in full or partial sun.

Check out this article with the Best Soil for Aloe Pants – Recipes of Soil and Tips

Aloe perfoliata Propagation

Aloe perfoliata Propagation. Aloe perfoliata can be propagated from stem cuttings or seeds, although if you want to be successful safely use tillers.

Aloe perfoliata Seedlings

This aloe can be propagated from the overlapping rosettes that it will create. With a knife or sharp, sterile scissors, you can cut them from the main stem. You should allow the cut pieces to dry for a day or two before planting them in well-drained soil.

Aloe mitriformis Propagation from Seeds

Aloe mitriformis Propagation from Seeds. The key when planting the seeds is to do it in well-drained soil. You can grow Aloe perfoliata from seeds outdoors if you live in an area where the temperature does not drop below 30.2 °F  (-1ºC). If you live in a cooler area, you grow Aloe mitriformis indoors under a grow light. I do not recommend propagating Aloe nobilis from seeds because it is too slow.

Aloe mitriformis Propagation from Cuttings

Aloe mitriformis Propagation from Cuttings. To grow this aloe from cuttings, use a sharp, sterile knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem or rosette from the main plant and let it sit quietly for several days before placing it in well-drained soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Learn more about general guidelines for succulent propagation

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Aloe perfoliata Care. Despite its appearance Aloe perfoliata, lance-shaped leaves have harmless whitish-white to yellow “teeth” along with the leaves.
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