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Aloe rubroviolacea

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: rubroviolacea (roo-broh-vy-oh-LAH-see-a) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 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:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive thistlesifter On Jan 14, 2007, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

I have grwon the species for 20+ years in Bonsall CA.

It grows and flowers well in complete shade location with bright light.

Positive palmbob On Nov 29, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Not a super common aloe, but one of the more striking ones in full sun where large, fat succulent, blue-green leaves that can turn to a violet coloration in drought or cold. It makes large, unbranched, to minimally branched flowers of red-orange that emerge in the fall. It's a vigorous grower, at least here in So Cal, and makes an attractive addition to a succulent garden. It's sort of a 'crawling' aloe- though it sometimes will form an upright stem of up to 4'. It also is not a prolific suckerer. I got mine from someone weeding theirs and just chopped off the head of one. I stuffed it in the ground and it never even slowed down. It's a fairly fast growing aloe, though, so seedlings will end up being attractive adults in just 2-4 years. From Yemen where it is a high altitude plant (over 7000').

Leaves very soft and fleshy, and have a brilliant chartreuse fluid that leaks all over when cut... despite its yellow-green color, it immediately stains things purple (sidewalk below where I grow this plant has some nearly permanent deep purple stains). Several other species do this, too, I've noticed. Leaves even dry a dark, deep purple before turning the typical brown of a dead aloe leaf.

During a freeze in Southern California (Jan 07) when temps got into the mid 20s, this plant showed no damage despite many nearby species melting. However, flowers were severely damaged


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona
Chandler Heights, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
Bonsall, California
Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
San Marcos, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California

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