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Aloe globuligemma

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: globuligemma (glob-yoo-lih-JEM-uh) (Info)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

If you're bored with the flowers of Aloe vera in the Arizona desert, give this species a try! Just look at the photos! It does pretty good here in terms of heat and frost (a little damaged in 2007, but not horribly). It looks best in morning sun or in the dappled light of trees, but the flowers are stunning every spring!

Neutral rtruck On Jul 7, 2007, rtruck from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Beautiful plant indeed....but it should be noted that this plant is toxic. I have heard that in Africa is is called something like "the murder and/or suicide" aloe....I did some research on this, as it is the aloe I have planted most close to my sidewalk, and i was worried that some neighbor might need some aloe for a burn or something and accidently grab a leaf from my globuligemma..and yes several research papers I located speak on the toxicity of this particular aloe...apparently the most toxic of all aloes. Not sure if this is all accurate but interesting and good to note, none the less.

Now apart from that little issue.....she sure is an amazingly colored beauty....
And the flowers bloom in odd ways...
In my reading on this plant from the agilent biotech website, I also learned that The Bakones and Bapedis (tribal folks) believe that the direction that the terminal raceme faces (east or west) will change from season to season and indicate if it will be a dry or rainy season--pointing to the east meaning dry, to the west; rainy....hmmm....intriguing.

Positive palmbob On Mar 17, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Blue-green stemless S African native with large, showy blooms of rose and cream colored flowers. Flowers branching with floral parts coming off in angles (not straight up and down like most aloe flowers)- looks a bit like Aloe marlothii flowers except in color. Rather fast grower- will often flower 2-3 years from germination.

One of two plants i have in my Los Angeles yard showed a small amount of leaf damage at 27F... they are in slightly different microclimates, and the undamaged one received some sunshine right after the freeze, which may have kept it from getting damaged, too. Both plants are large seedlings, but large enough to flower.

Temps in the mid 20s do mild to moderate leaf tip damage to this species in southern California


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona
Glen Avon, California
Los Angeles, California (2 reports)
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
Simi Valley, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California

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