|Aloe haemanthifolia foliage.|
Aloe haemanthifolia is a small bunched aloe with greyish-green, tongue-shaped leaves that grow in a fan shape, similar to its sister species the Fan Aloe (Aloe plicatilis). In fact, it looks very much like a diminutive, stemless form of the tree-like Aloe plicatilis. Its compact ranks of leaves are oblong and grey-green in colour, with bright red margins. 
Its natural range also nearly matches that of Aloe plicatilis (being the mountainous area from Stellenbosch through to Ceres) but Aloe haemanthifolia occurs further up on the mountain peaks than its larger sister species. The plant seems to prefer cold south-facing slopes with heavy winter rainfall. It grows in sheltered cracks in sandstone ridges, forming dense clumps. 
Tucked inside crevices in its natural habitat it is very hardy - surviving both frost and fire. It has a large, strong root stock - meaning that the plant can re-sprout again, even after all of the plant above ground has been totally destroyed by veld fire.
It is an incredibly difficult aloe to cultivate, and it usually soon dies if planted outside of its natural habitat.
- Victor, J.E. 2009. Aloe haemanthifolia A.Berger & Marloth. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants v. 2011
- Glen, H.F. and Craib, C. 1993. Aloe haemanthifolia. Flowering Plants of Africa 52(2):t. 2063.
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