Aloe
Aloe congolensis

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: congolensis (kon-go-LEN-sis) (Info)

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Succulent

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Apache Junction, Arizona

Chandler, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Reseda, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Neutral

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

Generally tolerates the deserts of Arizona fine, but isn't hardy at all. It melted and vanished in the 2007 freeze. Strangely, this July, one plant that got a fair amount of light under shade cloth entirely suffered "heat rot", which is something I've not before experienced with this Aloe. July 2009 went down as the hottest July on record for Phoenix, so it's not surprising this plant didn't hold up - I had many failures this summer. Great potted plant otherwise.

Positive

On Dec 13, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is not an officially described species at this time, but has been named 'unofficially' for many years. I am not sure why this is the case, as it is a consistently described plant, and a common and available one at that. No other name has been given to it that I know of, but perhaps someone will correct me at some time. Sadly it did not appear in the 'Definite Guide' of Aloes published in 2011... maybe the next version?

It is a bright green species with short, stiff, shiny, almost plastic-like leaves that are wedge-shaped and somewhat flat to recurving near the tips. It is an aggressive offsetter, and a good grower (here in southern California), and will eventually take over an area... though it is a low growing species. Rosettes are only about 4"-5" in diameter, ... read more