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Aloe vacillans

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: vacillans (va-KIL-ans) (Info)

Synonym:Aloe audhalica
Synonym:Aloe dhalensis
Synonym:Aloe vacillans var. audhalica

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Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Porphyrostachys On Jul 15, 2004, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

The Aloe vacillans varieties are great for Arizona gardens! These Aloes hail from Saudi Arabia and Yemen and endure Arizona heat as well as Aloe vera.

At one time, they were individualised as species, but have since been lumped under A. vacillans. But, to maintain identity, I divide them into 3 varieties based on flower color and habit:

Aloe vacillans v. audhalica: Has short pinkish red flowers.
Aloe vacillans v. dhalensis: Has short yellow flowers.
Aloe vavillans v. vacillans: Has tall yellow flowers.

All 3 seem to bloom in later winter and into spring.

Neutral palmbob On Jun 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Stemmless suckering silvery-grey-green aloe from Saudi Arabia.

Positive Happenstance On Oct 11, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

The example in my collection came from The Ruth Bancroft Garden ( ). Pollinated 11/96, ripe 2/12/97, sown 8/19/97.


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Clayton, California
Los Angeles, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California

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