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Aloe striatula

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: striatula (stree-AT-yew-luh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Negative saltcedar On Sep 2, 2011, saltcedar from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Dead at 16f after a 3-day freeze.

Positive peejay12 On Feb 25, 2010, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is really the only tall-growing aloe that is reliably hardy in the milder parts of the UK., and I have seen this plant survive -9 C in Southampton. The other hardy species i.e aristata and possibly polyphylla are stemless. My plants are starting to outgrow their welcome, forming thickets six feet across, and I had to drastically prune them this year.

The only damage is caused by slugs.

Not the best-looking aloe, with a straggly habit and dark dull leaves with small teeth. Stems will reach over three feet, but tend to collapse. The best way to keep this plant looking good is to cut back stems when they reach two feet, promoting a tidy-ish looking bush.

Cuttings root easily even in winter, and it produces masses of yellow and orange flowers followed by lots of viable seed. I've heard that another form exists with deep orange flowers.
To produce a low-growing suckering plant, push cuttings about 10 cm long into the soil 10 - 20 cm apart and cut the stems back when too tall - this encourages masses of suckers and branches.

It has been crossed with A. aristata to produce hybrid, but its hardiness is not yet known.
Perhaps it could be crossed with arborescens or another tender species to produce a more interesting half- hardy hybrid plant? Just a thought!

Positive vivou83 On Jun 9, 2004, vivou83 from Draguignan
France wrote:

Aloe striatula grows in USDA 9a ( ~-7C)
in my garden

Positive palmbob On Dec 16, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a slender suckering aloe that forms clumps/hedges. It has green, slender leaves (for an aloe) and smooth 1-2' stems about 1" in diameter. Looks a lot like a slender form of Aloe arborescens with smaller rosettes of only barely recurved bright green leaves. Can become a large shrub up to 6' tall and many yards wide. Flowers in winter or spring are simple with pendulous yellow floral parts along the flower spikes. One of the few flowers that can flower in zone 9a, as the flowers seem as resistant to the cold as the entire plant. South African native.


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

Brentwood, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Fremont, California
Hayward, California
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
San Leandro, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California
Portland, Oregon
Pflugerville, Texas
Bonney Lake, Washington
Seattle, Washington
White Center, Washington

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