Calling all writers, especially those who wax poetic! If you have a way with words, here's your chance to put pen to paper and try your hand at writing an award-winning piece for us. Find all the details on our contest page.

Aloe, Red-hot Poker Aloe, Vuurpylaalwyn

Aloe peglerae

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: peglerae (PEG-ler-ay) (Info)


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:


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


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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:

Sun to Partial Shade


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

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter


Grown for foliage



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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:

Mesa, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)

Fresno, California

Los Angeles, California

Reseda, California

San Leandro, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California

Metairie, Louisiana

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 8, 2008, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Stunningly attractive aloe easily identified by the lack of spines on the inside surfaces of each leaf- to my knowledge this is the only spiny aloe completely free of them in this respect. Not the fastest growing aloe of course but a wonderful fully-formed treasure even while small.

Many sources recommend keeping this plant completely dry in winter, but my potted specimen looked tight and sad so Ive been watering about once a month. Dont go crazy and provide excellent drainage of course, but if you have a languishing plant, try regular irrigation. Otherwise I've not had any difficulty with it.
Cant wait for the amazing flower spike.

See some of our plants and gardenalia at The Blackthorn


On Jan 1, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very attractive small turquoise aloe (in sun) with strongly curved leaves covered with small, warty growths. It develops an almost comicly fat flower stalk in the late fall with a pinkish-red flower or two. As the temperatures drop, the colors of the leaves tend to pinken as is the case in many aloes and other succulents. If not watered for a long time, leaves tend to curl in on itself, making it look a bit like an anemone curling into a ball when protecting itself.