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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe scabrifolia

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: scabrifolia (skab-rih-FOH-lee-a) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive thistlesifter On Apr 4, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

A. Scabrifolia is from Kenya. It, along with A. ferox, secundiflora, and turkanensis are exploited for their gum and have been for over 200 years.

Aloe gum is used for: Purgative, Antibacterial, antiviral products, Hair enrichment, lotions, pharmeceutical industries, drink additives, and tick repellents.

A. scabrifolia is beautiful branching aloe. Bluish green in summer, with yellowish dashed parallel lines running longitudinally along leaves. Its skin has a fine raspy feel to it like fine grade sand paper.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mesa, Arizona
Vista, California

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