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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe bowiea

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: bowiea (BOW-we-a) (Info)

Synonym:Chamaealoe africana

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral palmbob On Oct 17, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a small aloe with almost tubular thin spotted upright leaves. Makes a tight clump- sort of looks like fat blue-green hair. Simple flowers of greenish brown much of the year (primarily summer blooming, but can bloom all year round). South African native where it is endangered.


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
Vista, California

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