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Aloe, Aloe Mitre, Gold-Tooth Aloe

Aloe perfoliata

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: perfoliata (per-foh-lee-AY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Aloe albispina
Synonym:Aloe commelyni
Synonym:Aloe flavispina
Synonym:Aloe nobilis
Synonym:Aloe parvispina


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


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Apache Junction, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Albany, California

Arvin, California

Brentwood, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Highgrove, California

Menifee, California

Mission Viejo, California

Murrieta, California

Norwalk, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Cruz, California

Spring Valley, California

Sunnyvale, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California (2 reports)

Jasper, Florida

Metairie, Louisiana

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 1, 2013, bepah from Brentwood, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The Plant List (from Kew gardens) says that it is a synonym of Aloe perfoliata. You make the call.....


On Jan 11, 2013, SwampFlower from Jasper, FL wrote:

This plant is thought by some to be a hybrid between Aloe mitriformis and A. brevifolia but others suggest it may be the result of a cross between Aloe distans and A. brevifolia. "The Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons" edited by Urs Eggli lists the name as being of unresolved application that should be rejected but this plant has long been in cultivation in the US and is quite common, even so its origins of South Africa, so it definitely needs a name. It was listed with the synonym Aloe mitriformis spinosior, Haw.in Libery Hyde Baily's 1928 "Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture" in 1928 and subsequent volumes of Hortus I, II and III. In "Hortus Third" it is listed with the common names "Golden Tooth Aloe" and "Green and Gold Crown" and described as being similar to A.... read more


On Jul 1, 2006, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is actually a hybrid between Aloe brevifolia and Aloe distans. It's not naturally occurring in South Africa.