Aloinopsis malherbei is a small perennial up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall, with succulent rosettes of erect, lanceolate, glaucous green leaves up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long, covered with tubercles, more evident at margins. The flowers are yellow in colour and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.
A sunny position brings out the best colours. It should be protected from too much exposure in summer.
Remember not to over-water in the summer when they’re taking their rest. During the winter months, water only when the soil becomes completely dry. Wet soil quickly causes root and stem rot. Aloinopsis will survive mild frost if kept dry. They can tolerate down to about 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius). They prefer a very porous potting mix to increase drainage.
They should be fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.
Aloinopsis can be cultivated in the ground or in a container. They will grow in the cooler parts of the year, and flower in winter if it gets good light (direct sunlight is essential to bloom well). Aloinopsis is probably dormant in summer, so it is usually recommended not to water much in summer. Don’t be surprised if they don’t grow at that time, but although Aloinopsis are better treated as winter growers they will grow anyway in summer if given water.