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Aloe, Tilt-head Aloe

Aloe speciosa

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: speciosa (spee-see-OH-suh) (Info)
Synonym:Aloe hexapetala
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Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



This plant is fire-retardant

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Fresno, California

Mission Viejo, California

Oakland, California

Reseda, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 7, 2008, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Like most of the hardier tree aloes, this plant is an absolute star in the garden, given just a little of the attention it deserves. With its fat leaves and gorgeous glaucous/pink red toning, not to mention the spectacular flowers, its one of my faves.
Relatively fast growing given regular watering, it takes wind, salt spray, quite a decent frost, so uncomplainingly! Water well to avoid the worst of the brown leaf tipping, which is its only drawback. Here in coastal Otago, NZ, it flourishes in a soggy winter which is apparently the opposite of its native conditions, so give it a go. No bad habits, always looks exotic, deserves to be much more widely planted. I find it is a little more frost hardy than A Barberae; I have had leaves frozen quite solid that have recovered withou... read more


On Jul 14, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the more beautiful tree aloes commonly grown in the Southwest. It has brilliant , long, tubular non-branching
simple flowers and very soft, flat, succulent blue-green-silvery leaves. The flowers are very attractive to humingbirds. Older plants tend to branch and can become quite top-heavy. Seems to be more prone to insect infestations than most other tree aloes, at least in southern California

Temps into the mid 20s do not appear to be much of a problem for this species in southern California, but temps in that range will kill the flowers.

Called the tilt-head aloe for a good reason... often the heads tilt laterally, and sometimes even point down toward the ground a bit. Either a solitary or branching aloe. Many hybrids with this o... read more