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Spider Aloe

Aloe humilis

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: humilis (HEW-mil-is) (Info)
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Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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



Bloom Color:




Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Apache Junction, Arizona

Carefree, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Carlsbad, California

El Macero, California

Los Angeles, California

Mission Viejo, California

Pittsburg, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 3, 2017, cjjulian from Pittsburg, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I planted this in the ground last year and during our winter, we had a large amount of rainfall. This little guy has done wonders and survived rainpocalypse of over a month of non stop rain.

And now, its shooting up inflorescence. I do NO CARE to it, maybe a little summer watering. I planted it right against a boulder.


On Dec 31, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Aloe humilis grows in my garden in the ground in moderate shade with water about every other week in summer and none in winter, unless it rains. It seems to be quite frost tolerant, having survived to 26F with no protection and no damage.


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

Easy going even in the desert, be it in a pot or in the ground. Doesn't care for full blasting sun much, but does looks rather interesting if placed in a location with high light (the leaves entirely curl in over the apex like a tight fist). This species flowers reliably every spring and seems to handle a good amount of frost when grown in the ground.


On Jan 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is pretty dinky aloe as the name might suggest. It has pale blue-green leaves that are only 2-4" long, soft, and covered with small, thin warts. It develops a large orange-pink flower that is ridiculously large for how dinky the plant is. This aloe is not a real looker for landscaping, but interesting none the less. It rots easily, too, so careful with watering. THere are varieties and crosses that are a bit larger, hardier and more attractive.

Temps into the mid 20s do not appear to be any problem for this species in southern California