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Aloe plicatilis

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: plicatilis (ply-KAY-til-iss) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

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 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:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

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

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:
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7 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral innotchka On Sep 12, 2014, innotchka from sydney
Australia wrote:

I just bought a small tree version, but got it at a discount as it had fallen over and the leaves were blackened on the ends, the leaves are long and seem to be quite droopy, i transplanted it but the root had rotted, so i put the rootless plant back into potting mix. I am thinking of pulling it and drying out the stem for a few days and buying a better soil for succulents/ I am also tempted to start over and cut the branches off and make 4 smaller plants, but as i said the leaves are very long.
Anyone had any experience with cuttings?

Neutral albey30 On Nov 12, 2010, albey30 from Christchurch
New Zealand (Zone 9a) wrote:

Palmbob - I agree with your thoughts on the climate zone of this plant.
Here in New Zealand it is a Zone 9b plant, and is only seen growing in this zone or warmer.
I have not seen any here growing in zone 9a, if they do it would be at the warm-end of 9a, which starts at -3.9 celcius

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

This is a very southern S African aloe that, like most of its neighbours, does well here in coastal Otago, South Island of New Zealand. It LOVES water, especially during winter, which is counter-intuitive to most succulent fanciers, and the brown tips seen in so many are the result of too-dry conditions.
Id say we are zone 9, rarely getting too far below 0 celcius (I think thats 36 F) with a min of -5 on v. rare occasions. I can confirm that these aloes dont like a frost and will almost certainly be damaged by it. I have read South African accounts of them tolerating frost and snow without problems in their native setting but I just find this hard to swallow given the softness of their leaves, and the similarity of the conditions here. With a sheltered site they do tolerate low temps just fine, as long as they dont freeze- in my experience.
They dont like super-hot high UV conditions and I tend to shade mine a little in summer. Half day sun seems to result in plumper, more flawless leaves. The fatter the leaves, the happier it is, which is a simple thing to remember.
Becomes a very attractive multi trunked small tree given the right care. It's important to turn the potted specimens to get balanced branch structure- all those lopsided ones you see around are often the result of permanent shading on one side. Hope that helps!

Positive AgaveNeo954 On Mar 22, 2006, AgaveNeo954 from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I bought a few of a very small version of a somewhat variegated variety of the a. plant, from Home Depot and Lowes, and put them in one pot on my patio. The ribbon-like leaves are a deep green with intermittent rows of white spots and were under 2" in length when purchased. Over 5+ years, they've grown to approx. 6-9" in length. They have southern exposure, with direct light in the morning and late afternoon, and get watered on weekends. The lowest temperature we've had has been in the high 30s (F).

Positive thistlesifter On Feb 24, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

In San Diego county 7 miles from coast grows best if placed in bright shade on northern side of structure, sheltered from direct sun. Does not seem to get the typical brown tip. It flowers more prolifically, as well, whenever grown this way.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Sep 22, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Doesn't need any special winter protection for most of the inner Bay Area. And nothing looks like it. A moderate grower that can grow to a massive bulk even here. And showy flowers like most Aloes.

Negative succulentman On Feb 21, 2004, succulentman wrote:

In the San Diego area I find that every one of these (including the one I have) brown at the tips which make them not very attractive.

Positive Kelli On Jan 6, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I find this to be a slow-growing plant, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Positive Happenstance On Aug 28, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

This is an elegant plant with a "very deco" look to it. Pretty fast growing for a potted Aloe, protected over winter in 9b greenhouse. Native to South Africa, hopefully it will eventually get branches like it does in its native habitat.

Positive palmbob On Aug 24, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very commonly grown specimen aloe for So Cal, as it is unique looking- pale blue-green flat, spatulate leaves, very 'user-friendly' (no spines) and eventually becomes a small tree (worth a fortune then). Does tend to brown tip in hot, sunny locations. Seems to like more water than the average aloe, though survives in very extreme drought situations as well (just VERY slow then, and tends to lose most/all leaves).

I am dubious of the zone 9a rating we have for this plant in the plant files, as mine, and many other plants in Los Angeles county got pretty badly damaged this Jan 07 freeze- didn't even get down to 25F in most areas, but was at least 27F for 5 hours... and most of the leaves burned turned to black. AM curious how it would do below 25F... anyone have any experience with this?


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

Carefree, Arizona
Canoga Park, California
Carlsbad, California
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
Clayton, California
Encino, California
Fairfield, California
Greenbrae, California
Hayward, California
Laguna Niguel, California
Los Angeles, California
National City, California
Reseda, California
Riverside, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Upland, California
Vista, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Wailuku, Hawaii
Corvallis, Oregon

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