Cat's Tail Aloe

Aloe castanea

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: castanea (kas-TAN-nee-uh) (Info)
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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:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Winter


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)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Carefree, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

El Macero, California

Los Angeles, California

Reseda, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California

Palmetto, Florida

Brunswick, Georgia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 29, 2010, goldpianogarden from Brunswick, GA wrote:

I got my plant from a member of the Aloe Forum on Yahoo a few years back. It is now about 3' to 4' tall, with 2 heads. It is being totally engulfed/smashed by a zillion Bromelia Balansae that spread across an entire large planting bed like wildfire... And it still grows. This past winter (2009/2010) has been one of the worst ever on record here in Brunswick, GA, with one "stretch" of 13 nights in a row of freezing weather. I didn't cover it, as it's impossible to get to being surrounded by the heart of flame plants, and it's still trucking right along! It has been down to 18*F a handful of times since I've owned it, and it has never received any damage. It is planted in full sun, and a sprinkler head on a riser ended up being placed about 2 or 3 feet from it, so it gets blasted with ... read more


On Aug 30, 2009, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Surprisingly tolerant of desert sun that, in the yard here, blasts from the west! It grows near a tree that shades it through most of the mid-day, but hasn't had trouble with the heat. Still too small to flower for me, but a larger specimen in Phoenix flowers reliably every year. Seems decently hardy to at least 23F as well and flat ground doesn't appear to be an issue.


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

one of the suckering and profuesly branching 'tree' aloes- makes an attractive clump if pruned a bit. From South Africa. Has red-brown flowers that, on some plants, have a unique aspect of growing somewhat laterally from the plant in long, simple snake-like stalks. Some forms have a more upright, coiled and twisted shape. And yet others have flowered with more rose colored racemes.

Some years are better than other for this species in southern California, and sometimes these barely bloom at all, while other years they go nuts... a bit finicky for a blooming aloe.