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PlantFiles: Lace Aloe, Torch Plant
Aloe aristata

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: aristata (a-ris-TAH-tuh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

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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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral peejay12 On Mar 16, 2014, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This aloe doesn't like the winter wet in Cornwall, UK. Only one has survived this winter out of five -- but it has been very wet.
In the drier parts of the UK it does quite well.

The surviving plant was leaning to one side -- so the rain was able to drain away, while the others rotted out.

Positive turektaylor On Jan 3, 2010, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

one of my favorite succulents. i have mine on the SE side under my eaves against the wall. it needs afternoon protection from the sun here (8a)or it burns. it's in a newly formed bed and got the same amount of water as all my other moderate water need plants and seemed to thrive and reproduce well . i highly recommend to even
novice gardens.

Positive QCHammy On Jan 26, 2008, QCHammy from San Tan Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Planted in full sun for more than half the day in Phoenix area caused some major sunburn to this plant (was an unusually long hot spell--more than 2 wks over 110 every day) but recovered well when temps dropped. Should probably provide a little more shade in a severe climate like ours.

Positive thistlesifter On Feb 10, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

This plant grew totally neglected overgrown in a massive clump of Euphorbia canariensis for 18 years. The only sun it got was the tiny bit that filtered through the branches of the overgrowth. It formed beautiful normal clumps while never receiving anything but rainwater for those 18 years. Perfect drainage and I have no idea whether it flowered during that period.

On the due north side of the euphorbia cananiensis clump I found a single plant head of this Aloe aristata that was etiolated to a 10" tall, yet still a lovely plant and it was in complete shade with no exposure to sun and shrouded entirely by the overgrowth so it was dark. I would have to cut several 3' branches of the euphorbia to remove the a. aristata growing here.

I bet this will make an excellent indoor aloe if not coddled with too much water.


Positive RWhiz On Feb 5, 2006, RWhiz from Spring Valley, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant grows well in full sun in Southern California. It is easily rooted in potting soil with warmth.

Positive pete2255 On Mar 24, 2005, pete2255 from South East
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Grows well outdoors in S E England takes at least -6 deg C.
Needs to be well drained soil, but normal winter wet is not a problem. Flowers every year for me in sun and partial shade and forms quite large clumps.

Positive greenlarry On Jul 20, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington
United Kingdom wrote:

Known as Lace Aloe.
A lovely little plant, ideal for beginners. Can be just left to itself, and produces lots of pups from the base. Will also flower readily provided it gets plenty of sunlight in summer.
Has white whiskers at ends of leaves.

Reduce water in winter - don't worry if it shrivels - then resume watering in spring, repotting if necessary.

Positive palmbob On Jan 11, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

small attractive aloe that looks a lot like a giant Haworthia. Has numerous leaves, pointed up in a rosette with little white tuberuncles all over them. Flowers on multiple branches and usually dull red to pinkish- flower dwarfs the plant, though. When not watered well, leaves tend to curl inwards and darken, giving the whole plant a curious unhealthy globoid look, like something about to rot. Definitely more attractive if given water, just not natural. I know it's supposed to get less water in winter, but here in southern California winter is often the only time these get water, and sometimes it rains a LOT... surprisingly it does fine with this deluge of cold water in during the coldest time of the year- even tends to look great. Wouldn't recommend this, however, in colder or more humid climates, or indoor plants.

Native of S Africa.

Very commonly hybridized with Gasteria sp. for a larger, thicker, hardier plant, still with the same color and spotting.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Brentwood, California
Carlsbad, California
Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California
Norwalk, California
Oak View, California
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California
Metairie, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Austin, Texas
Dripping Springs, Texas
Vienna, Wisconsin

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