Aloe nobilis (Gold Tooth Aloe)
Aloe x nobilis (Golden Toothed Aloe) is a rosette-forming succulent that suckers profusely, creating a large, up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall…
Golden Toothed Aloe
Vigorous, Aloe nobilis (Golden Toothed Aloe) is an evergreen succulent perennial forming a carpet of decorative rosettes, 12in. wide (30 cm), with broadly triangular, fleshy leaves. Bright green in light shade, the leaves turn amazingly orange when in full sun, creating a very pretty display. Each leaf exhibits yellow to creamy-white teeth along the edges and a few inside which glow when backlit. In summer, spikes of bright orange tubular flowers are borne in profusion above the foliage to about 2 ft. tall (60 cm), brightening up the garden. This Aloe offsets profusely to form a large colony. Perfect as a small-scale groundcover or in decorative containers.
- Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm).
- Easily grown in sandy or gravelly, well-drained soils in full sun or light shade. Needs afternoon shade in hot deserts to prevent burning. Water moderately when in growth very sparingly when dormant. Drought tolerant.
- Great for beds and borders, coastal gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as a small-scale groundcover or in decorative containers.
- Deer resistant. The flowers produce nectar and are attractive to birds and bees
- Propagate by seed sown with heat as soon as ripe or from offsets
- Virtually disease free. Watch for scale insects and mealybugs.
- Native to South Africa
There are dozens of species of Aloe, from tall trees to dwarf cultivars.
Aloes typically have juicy, triangular leaves that form starfish-like rosettes. Some are smooth, others toothed and prickled. Such spiky protrusions, like hardened wax, are seldom dangerous.
Most of the 100+ aloe photos in the gallery below show the plants in gardens and in bloom. Aloes’ tall, vivid flowers are a significant reason to grow these succulents from South Africa. Aloes bloom mainly in winter, but there’s at least one variety in bloom at any time of the year.
The inflorescence (bloom spike) of an aloe consists of numerous tubular flowers that open from the base upward. All shades of red and orange predominate yellow, cream and pink are less common.
Aloes, in general, need well-draining soil. They like regular water but are in danger of rot if overwatered.
Aloe mite on Aloe arborescens 'Variegata'
Pests & Problems
The plants are relatively pest-free, but aloe mite, which causes bumpy, cancerous growth, is a problem in some areas. Should signs of mite appear, don’t let it spread. Cut out the diseased tissue and bag it for the trash.
In the landscape
Most of the aloes shown here I found in Southern CA, but not all are readily available. For those most often used by landscape professionals, see Aloe Superstars: A Landscape Designer’s Favorites.
Gold Tooth Aloe Pest or Disease Problems
Aloe Nobilis is virtually disease-free and can tolerate a wide range of conditions, other than freezing temperatures.
Watch out for mealybugs and scale insects.
These critters enjoy feeding off the succulent leaves.
If small, white fuzzy growth appears on the leaves, remove it using a soft cloth or cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol.
- Scale insects may require scraping using a dull knife.
- An insecticide is often needed for major infestations.
- Dilute insecticidal soap with an equal amount of water and spray the infested areas of the plant.
It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on pets and children around the plant.
As with Aloe Vera, the succulent leaves of the Aloe Nobilis plant contain compounds used for a variety of medicinal purposes, such as topical treatments for burns and skin irritation.
- The same compounds may cause discomfort when ingested.
- The digestive system metabolizes the compounds, leading to increased mucus production and excess water in the colon.
- These issues may cause diarrhea and vomiting in adults or children.
- Cats and other small animals may experience more severe reactions to the toxins.
- Ingesting Aloe Nobilis leaves may be potentially fatal to cats.
Plants of the genus Aloe are very interesting cacti succulents: some take the form of a tree or tree, others are more herbaceous, and there are others, such as Aloe nobilis , which look like a shrub. This is also perfect to have in low maintenance gardens with warm or mild climate, as it forms very dense groups.
It is not difficult to take care of in fact, it resists drought quite well. Then we tell you everything about her .