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Aloe arenicola

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: arenicola (ar-en-EE-koh-luh) (Info)


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Mid Winter


Grown for foliage



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:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bonsall, California

Clayton, California

Hayward, California

Mission Viejo, California

Norwalk, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California

Corpus Christi, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 24, 2010, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Interesting species, but not worth growing outside of a cooled greenhouse in Arizona. It's VERY hardwired to winter rainfall and mild temperatures. Endless hot nights are bad.


On Apr 20, 2009, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Touchy Aloe,mine started off very well. Then, a vandal uprooted it,breaking off most roots. Despite being replanted for almost a full year,it has slightly shrunken leaves. Not an Aloe to recover from trauma well,unlike most Aloe sp.
Also said to be a sand growing species that resents clay and slow drainage.


On Feb 5, 2006, RWhiz from Spring Valley, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant grows well in full sun in Southern California. It is easily rooted in potting soil with warmth.


On Mar 10, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a clumping, rambling, creeping aloe with spotted leaves (both sides) and almost non-existent teeth along the leaf margins. Gets a dark purply-brown color in winter/sun. With age, plants begin to sucker forming densely packed mounds of leaves (I have not seen this happen, but photos of plants in the wild show this). Very slow growing aloe- probably takes decades to form these dense colonies.

Seedlings and juveniles look very different from mature plants, basically having no rosettes to speak of- just indifidual thick, short, triangular, folded leaves that come off in a distichous pattern as this plant grows and rambles over the landscape. It takes nearly a decade for the plant to age to the point of forming true rosettes, at which time it looks like a more norma... read more