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An aloe used to the dry heat of South Africa, the handsome Cosmo will ask little of you other than an occasional drop to drink. Forms an elegant rosette of white-dotted succulent leaves and sports a spike of orangey red flowers, often in the winter months. Fairly hardy but best to keep indoors, at least in winter. Sunny or well lit position. Well drained soil. 6 in (plus flower). 2 litre pot.

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We have seen Aloe Cosmo listed as a form of Aloe Vera, which doesn't seem right to us. Aloe Aristata seems much more like it, and we reckon it's a hybrid form of that species. Correct us if we're wrong.

Aloe is a genus with around 300 members found largely in Africa, but also in Madagascar, the Cape Verde islands and the Arabian peninsula. All very nice places to live, we should think, if you like it hot, and they do.

We successfully overwinter Aloe Aristata outdoors here in the south of England and we guess Cosmo is also good for something around -5C, but in all honesty it looks so good in a pot, that's our preferred option. We have a nice specimen on our kitchen windowsill, and it seems very happy there.

Cosmo has a particularly attractive style to its rosette, which is very neat and almost geometrically precise, and remains so as it becomes larger. Offsets will be produced as the plant matures, and these can be separated and potted up to form new plants in their own right.

Plant care is not going to make too many demands on your time, as your Cosmo will only require watering when the compost becomes dry, and only sparingly then. In winter it may not need watering at all, depending on where you have situated your plant.

Aloe Cosmo is a perennial succulent with rosettes of pointed green leaves with white spots and tubular orange red flowers in winter suitable for sun.

  • Height 6 in
  • Spread 12 in
  • Aspect Sunny or well lit position
  • Soil type Well drained soil
  • Packing weight 1.5 kg

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ALOE COSMO

ALOE COSMO

An aloe used to the dry heat of South Africa, the handsome Cosmo will ask little of you other than an occasional drop to drink. Forms an elegant rosette of white-dotted succulent leaves and sports a spike of orangey red flowers, often in the winter months. Fairly hardy but best to keep indoors, at least in winter. Sunny or well lit position. Well drained soil. 6 in (plus flower). 2 litre pot.

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