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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe congdonii

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: congdonii (kong-DON-ee-eye) (Info)
Additional cultivar information: (aka Brown Powys)

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Jul 6, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a beautifully colored Tanzanian plant, having deep blue-green to dark lime green coloration. Rosettes seem to be staying small (less than 6" across) and plant suckers freely. It was sold under Aloe Brown Powys for years, but recently (2005?) just described. Don't know where this one is from. I have mine growing in full sun and it's doing great, southern California. Type plants are heavily spotted and have red flowers on very short peduncles. Plants without spots are really probably something else.

recent freeze into the high to mid 20s did severely damage this species, hardly touching any of the other 25 species in the same planter box, so my guess is this is actually a 10a plant. Thank goodness is suckers well, or I wouldn't have one anymore.

Recent information from the folks which Aloe Brown Powys was named after claim that their aloe is NOT the same as Aloe congdonii... so this aloe may end up being given a different name in the future (this comment made 2-07)


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

Carefree, Arizona
Reseda, California
Vista, California

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