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Aloe tauri

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Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: tauri (TOR-eye) (Info)

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Foliage:
Succulent
Red

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive baiissatva On Oct 12, 2010, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b coastal otago NZ

After many travails I finally procured a taurii and it's quickly become one of my faves, for it's weird octopoid elongation (mine has this anyway, I see some plants are far more tentacular looking than others) and the amazing bakelite red colouration, down here in response to UV rather than cold. While my other reddening aloes just sort of go coppery, this one really pulls out the stops and turns ruby.
The only thing that comes close to it's dramatic shade is my capitata, which turns such a deep amethyst purple in spring that it looks like I sprayed it with car paint!

No dramas so far, spent winter outside without damage, looking forward to some good growth this summer.

Will report back if anything funky strikes, but apparently this species has been reliable in a coastal NZ situation, and many survived the big 07 freeze in the States so could be a good beginner's plant. Deserves to be grown far more widely but is oddly difficult to get hold of.

Neutral Porphyrostachys On Feb 11, 2008, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This species is superficially similar to Aloe spicata, and for a while was lumped under that species until a fairly recent treatment of the Aloe genus in Zimbabwe where it was restored as a valid species. This is a blushing Aloe that turns red under cold conditions or in times of drought much like Aloe vanbalenii or A. dorotheae. The nectar of Aloe tauri is clear whereas the nectar of Aloe spicata is brown. Aloe tauri also seems to have leaves that are more recurved with a stronger tendency to blush than A. spicata.

Regional...

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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona



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