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Aloe arenicola

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

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

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

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Bloom Color:

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Porphyrostachys 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.

Positive BayAreaTropics 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.

Positive RWhiz 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.

Neutral palmbob 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 normal looking aloe. I see some have had luck with this plant forming rosettes in a short time, but the plants I have growing my yard in inland southern Califonia have been growing slowly for nearly 10 years and have yet to form a rosette pattern of leaves... this one is super super slow for me.

Flowers are branched and star-shaped about 1/2 the year in this species. South African native somewhat threatened in the wild.


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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