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Mediopicta Alba Agave Vivid Green and White Leaves
The agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' produces rosettes of striking white-and-green striped leaves.

Everyone has heard of Aloe vera, a plant famed for the healing properties of its sap, but there are many others worth growing too. Most come from Africa and encompass a huge and varied range of plants, including dwarf, smooth-leaf varieties suitable for a south-facing windowsill indoors, and large plants, such as the heavily armored Aloe ferox. Many can be placed in a sunny location outdoors in the summer, as long as they are moved back inside before the frost returns. Keep the compost just moist in the summer, and do not water the leafy rosettes. In the winter, keep the compost almost dry. 

Aloe selections

Indoors, grow the smooth-leaf A. vera or the partridge-breasted aloe, A. variegata, which boasts rosettes of green leaves decorated with white bands. A. ferox is an architectural plant with steely-blue leaves edged with red teeth, while A. arborescens ‘Variegata’ is a large plant with sword-shaped, yellow-striped leaves.

Aloe ferox has a height and spread of 3 feet in a pot. It needs a light location indoors, full sun in the garden and its temperature needs are a minimum of. 50 degrees Fahrenhejt (10 degrees C.) Suitable pot size is 4 to 24 inches (10 to 60 cm), depending on plant size. Suitable container materials are terra-cotta, stone, plastic, metal and ceramic.

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