Aloe Perryi (Perry’s Aloe/ Aloe Socotrina)

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This plant is endemic to the Island of Socotra, which is why it is called Aloe Socotrina. It has several active ingredients and is thus used for therapeutic purposes. Also, it can be used for cosmetic purposes.

FamilyAsphodelaceae / Aloaceae
Scientific NameAloe Perryi
Other NamesSocotrine Aloe, Perry’s Aloe, Aloe Socotrina
Growth SeasonSummer and autumn
Preferred Temperature22oC – 27oC (72oF – 81oF)
Hardiness ZoneUSDA 10-12
Average Mature Height & WidthIt can grow up to 30 cm tall and a similar width.
DormancyIt may become dormant in winter.
ToxicityThis plant has significant pharmaceutical properties and it can be toxic if misused.
Aloe Perryi (Perry’s Aloe/ Aloe Socotrina) Summary

Aloe Socotrina Physical Characteristics

Aloe Socotrina has fibrous roots. These relatively shallow roots enable the plant to imbibe water from the low rainfall in its natural habitat. Aloe socotrina’s roots are susceptible to root rot. Thus, you shouldn’t keep them in soggy soil.

Its leaves are green and succulent. They have spines on the edges typical to many plants in the genus. Its spines are yellow. The leaves are lance-lance shaped and form a rosette at the end of the stem.  It produces flowers that tower above the plant. These flower’s colors range from yellow to orange-red. These flowers issue from a flower stalk that grows from the center of the rosette formed by leaves.

The succulent leaves produce helpful gel to treat wounds, among other therapeutic uses. This plant falls in the category of the few aloes that have stems. It is at the end of the stems that leaves form rosettes.

Aloe Socotrina’s Care

The plant is adapted for the arid lands of Yemen. It, therefore, does well in bare, rocky soil with many levels of gravel. You should, therefore, plant it in a pottage of similar nature. It should allow water to pass through easily to prevent waterlogging, which is dangerous for the plant. While rocky, the substrate should have a certain level of fertility since this plant requires it to thrive.

You can grow it under direct sunlight as well as under partial shade. The leaves may change hue according to the intensity of sunlight. They will maintain the green color when they grow under the shade. It may be necessary to feed it fertilizer during its growing season. 

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Aloe Perryi Growth

This plant produces pups which you can use to propagate quickly. The offsets will be at the base and root when they mature. They are usually easy to detach from the mother plant by simply tagging. You may need to use a cutting tool if they are too fast. You may propagate by seeds, but these take time to get established.

Aloe Perryi is relatively small and slow growing; thus, it doesn’t need repotting. Aphids, scale, mealybugs, and Aloe Fungi may attack it. Protect it by keeping it healthy.

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