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Aloe divaricata

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: divaricata (dy-vair-ih-KAY-tuh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
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 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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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

Doesn't mind the heat or a little sun in the desert, but not very hardy if kept away from the home or a warm wall. The 2007 frost knocked most specimens. Not a reliable bloomer here either, but a cool looking Aloe that can get decently tall if protected.

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

This is one of the most spectacularly colored Aloes you can grow... in full sun the colors range all over the place with deep turquoises, purples, reds, greys and sea-greens. It is a suckering sort of thin-stemmed aloe that can make a hedge if allowed. It has some spines that are sharp, but not dangerous. This one is from Madagascar. In winter it forms a large head of deep red simple flowers on multibranched racemes. A seedling will grow into a blooming adult in just a few years, in southern California at least. Suckering but sometimes solitary species with deep red marginal teeth on the leaves.


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
Bonsall, California
Los Angeles, California
Rancho Santa Fe, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California
Tallahassee, Florida

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