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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe capmanambatoensis

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

Cactus and Succulents

36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral palmbob On Oct 28, 2009, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I grow a lot of aloes in southern California and this is the only one that seems to suffer from repeated episodes of leaf discoloration... the leaf bases turn a dull brown and looks sickly, though the rest of the leaf stays normal. Eventually it grows out of it, only to repeat it a year later. Seems cold brings this on, and not very deep cold (right around freezing).

Though none of mine have died, all have gone through multiple episodes of this malady, and all have recovered each time... weird.

This plant is very closely related to Aloe fragilis and some authors have combined the two. Carter, Lavranos etc. 2011 still think they are separate with the main difference being A fragilis markedly smaller size and more apt to sucker freely (I certainly have noticed this in my garden). Also, for me, Aloe fragilis does not suffer this weird malady that capmanambatoensis does.

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

Nice little Aloe from Madagascar that grows alongside Aloe fragilis. Tolerates the desert heat just fine, but isn't hardy to frost and can't handle much intense, desert sun. I keep this plant under shade cloth.

Positive thistlesifter On May 20, 2007, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

This plant grows rapidly to flowering size. Received finger-sized plant in February 2006, flowered in March 2007.

Flowers for 2 months, flower is nondescript simple .



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

Mesa, Arizona
Reseda, California
Vista, California

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