Aloiampelos juddii (van Jaarsv.) Klopper & Gideon F.Sm.
Aloe juddii (basionym)
Aloiampelos juddii, formerly known as Aloe juddii, is a low-growing, succulent plant with solitary or branching stems. These stems are erect, becoming sprawling with age, up to 2 feet (60 cm) long and up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) thick. A single clump may reach up to 32 inches (80 cm) in diameter. In older specimens the stem bases give rise to an underground succulent to near-woody caudex, from which young stems readily arise. The stem is grey to white and ash-like. The leaves are bright to dark green, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, with conspicuous red tips and firm, white teeth along its margins.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
Due to their hardiness and the wide range of flower colors, these slender succulents have become popular ornamental plants in South African gardens. The commoner species (such as the more widespread Aloes of the Eastern Cape) are increasingly grown in gardens overseas too.
Climbing Aloes require a sunny, well-drained position and are particularly suitable for rockeries. The taller, climbing species are commonly planted along fences and boundaries where they grow up through the surrounding foliage. The lower, rambling species however, are better suited for rockeries, slopes or terraces, which they will naturally cascade down over.
This plants can easily be propagated by taking cuttings as well as by seed. Climbing Aloes generally have both male and female flowers on each plant, but an individual plant is usually not self-fertile…
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Climbing Aloes.
Aloiampelos juddii is endemic to a few rocky outcrops and a farm, near to Cape Agulhas in the Western Cape, South Africa.
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Aloiampelos juddii has a small and restricted distribution. It occurs on rocky, south-east facing slopes, in sands derived from Table Mountain Sandstone (Nardouw subgroup). These are coarse, white sands, which are mineral-poor and acidic. The plants grow in this cool sand in the shelter of the quartzite boulders which shelter them from the winds and the heat.
It is an area of predominantly winter rainfall.
This plant has yet to be classified according to the IUCN Red List but is nevertheless rare and restricted to a very small natural range.