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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe ruffingiana

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

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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:

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive aloes4africa On Jul 24, 2014, aloes4africa from Baardskeerdersbos
South Africa wrote:

This beautiful small aloe is very easy to keep and when it flowers ( mid winter in the southern hemisphere), it sends out multiple inflorescences with deep orange flowers. We struggled to find info on this aloe, starting with our copy of "The Aloes of Tropical Africa and Madagascar " G.W. Reynolds but it was'nt listed even under the subsp. of Aloe deltoideodonta which some internet sources claim. Thanks Palmbob and Dave's Garden for helping us with your great plantfiles!

Neutral palmbob On Aug 19, 2011, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

fairly rare Madagascan species with deltoid/triangular leaves lined with very closely spaced, tiny white teeth. Suckering stemless species with numerous pale spots.


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

Mesa, Arizona

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