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Aloe pearsonii is a medium to large growing Aloe from the extremely hot and dry northern Richtersveld and southern Namibian desert. The plants belong to the group of creeping Aloes and can form considerably dense hedges. The chemical compounds in their leaves are similar to the others in the group confirming the relationship. Their distribution is rather localized around Hellskloof an Aloe pearsonii can be regarded as endangered.

The flower colour varies from red to yellow and different shades of both colors.

Cultivation is more difficult then some other Aloes and Aloe pearsonii should be planted in an elevated rockery with good drainage and watered sparingly. A good watering every now and then with enough time in between for the soil to dry out should be optimal.

Aloe pearsonii is grown from seed or cuttings.

Aloe pearsoniiA red flowering Aloe pearsonii plant.

Aloe pearsoniiAloe pearsonii with yellow flowers.

Aloe pearsoniiA cultivated plant of Aloe pearsonii. The plants are very slow growing from seed. This plant is about 15 years old or more.