Mountain Aloe, Snake Aloe

Aloe broomii var. tarkaensis

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: broomii var. tarkaensis


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:


Gold (Yellow-Orange)


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Scottsdale, Arizona

Los Angeles, California

Mission Viejo, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 6, 2013, Bronto from Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

This aloe does OK in a well drained pot. It seems to grow many big leaves much faster than it does roots, so it may seem that it must be pot bound when it is not. I mixed a fair amount of perlite with potting soil in the pot to allow drainage. Aloe broomii tarkaensis did not do well in a flat area of filtered shade in the ground in this region. It seems to like good drainage. Be very careful not to over water. Protect from freezing as a precaution, as these plants are hard to find. During a 2012-2013 spell of five nights near 25F I put this and some other plants under a couple sheets (outdoors) with a 60 watt incandescent bulb with them, on, all night.


On Dec 7, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the more attractive non-suckering non-tree Aloes- holds a lot more more leaves than most and has neat, upright, stiff leaves with very sharp spines along the edges of the leaves. How this variety differs from the regular Aloe broomii, I'm not sure. Maybe a bit paler and looks a bit larger? Flowers are incredible- huge, single light greeen raceme (spike) with bright small yellow-orange flowers that open gradually along its length. Personally one of the most beautiful of all the aloe flowers.