The name of the genus Aloinopsis means "aloe-like", as similarities can be seen with some dwarf species of Aloe. These succulent plants are native to South Africa, where they grow on rocky soils and perfectly blend in with the surrounding environment. In order to adapt to the arid climate with scarce rains, they have developed large tuberous roots that allow them to survive drought periods. Thanks to the bizarre appearance of its fleshy, compact leaves, typically of bluish-gray colors, and its distinctive winter inflorescences, similar to daisies of varying, very bright colors, they are highly decorative and can be used to adorn both your rock gardens and your balconies, as well as designer pots. Here are some tips for its cultivation: Avoid direct sun rays, which may burn the leaves, but choose a sheltered but bright place instead. The best option is the morning sunlight until 12.00 / 13.00, or the afternoon sunlight afer 15.00 / 16.00. It prefers rather mild temperatures, even though it can survive in temperatures close to freezing, but just if the soil is dry. Water moderately, only when the soil is completely dry. Once every two weeks in spring and summer and once every two months in autumn and winter. A well draining soil is an optimal solution, for example formed by a mixture of peat and sand so that the water does not stagnate. Aloinopsis do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.