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Aloe vanbalenii

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: vanbalenii (van-bal-EN-ee-eye) (Info)

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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)
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
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

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

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 seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics On Jun 25, 2013, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I've been growing this for a few years now in the SF bay area and its been an easy keep. Its a delicate balance between holding back the water in summer and getting maximum color,and going so dry it starts to shrink. The flowers can vary I found out..some like mine have a bi-color of orange and pale pinkish like color. The flower stalks are snail magnets..bait. The stalks also can be killed by 32f. This year mine bloomed despite the coldest winter in years..I think an overhanging Agave leaf protected the bud of the Aloe. Other years the near same temps seemed to have dry froze the flower stalk.
Its a good change of pace from the typical Aloe look.

Positive palmbob On Jul 21, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the more curious aloes, having long, trailing leaves that only leave the ground once enough stem has formed. This is one of the best larger aloes for elevated pots, as the leaves will arch down several feet below the pot rim. They grow mulitple flower stalks- up to 10 or more (compared to one for most aloes) topped with simple yellow to yellow-orange flowers in winter. In full sun and little water these aloes get deep red near the leaf tips... in shade they stay completely green.

Temps into the mid 20s in southern California do mild to mod leaf tip damage to this species, and completely destroy the flowers. Other than cosmetic injuries, however, this plant seems quite hardy to the bottom of its zone range.


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Encino, California
Hayward, California
National City, California
Norwalk, California
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California
Clermont, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida

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