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Aloe cipolinicola

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: cipolinicola

Synonym:Aloe capitata var. cipolinicola

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is fire-retardant
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Dec 4, 2010, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Vegetatively this plant looks different from the other forms of Aloe capitata, particulaly as it ages. But even when young, this one tends to have shinier greener leaves and is definitely a slower growing plant, requiring I think full sun to be truly happy while the other forms will grow happily in some shade. As it matures, it develops a trunk, up over 5' tall (up to 12' in Madagascar), though at current rate of growth in my garden I dont really expect to live long enough to see much of any trunk at all. It is a nice, attractive seedling, though.

2011 Aloe of Madagascar book gives this a new species, Aloe cipolinicola, which makes a lot of sense to me.

Negative Porphyrostachys On Aug 30, 2009, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This species doesn't thrive in excessive heat like that experienced in the Phoenix area during the summer. It seems these higher elevation Malagasy Aloes (inexpectata, droseroides, pronkii, conifera, madecassa, capitata var. cipolinicola, cryptoflora, etc.) suffer "heat rot" when the temperatures are consistently at, near or above 110 degrees. They're used to cooler temperatures in their native habitat and tend to fail after a few years unless kept indoors or in a greenhouse with a cooling system in Phoenix. It will love California much more!

Positive thistlesifter On Aug 21, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

A. cipolinicola has been elevated to species status. It is a tree aloe. I have grown this from seed here and it is a great plant. it flowers in cold wet months and is brought into greenhouse when it is flowering.

With light the leaf margins are bright red with armor. The flower is capitate form.


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

Bonsall, California
Mission Viejo, California
Vista, California

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