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Aloe jucunda

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: jucunda (joo-KUN-duh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 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:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

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)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

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:

Looks best in some shade in the desert (bleaches out in too much sun), but otherwise handles the heat and a little frost just fine! Good potted plant or something to cram in small spaces and let the suckers fill in the spaces between stones. Reliable flowers.

Neutral salvia_lover On Jan 13, 2005, salvia_lover from Modi'in
Israel wrote:

this plant requires a minimum temperature of 50F

Positive palmbob On Mar 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

low growing branching shiny rosettes about 2" diameter - no information on cold hardiness but went through my winter here in southern California, fully exposed, with temps down to 29F without any damage at all... so, a pretty good aloe it seems for So Cal. Does best with some sun protection, but can acclimate to full, hot sun eventually- turns reddish to a sad brownish color in sunshine... and grows more slowly. Flowers on simple stalk a pale pink all year round. Leaves are speckled and extremely stiff and almost 'plastic-like' in consistency with very tiny teeth. Looks like a miniature Aloe hemmingii, and in fact, sometimes can be confused with one, particularly if a relatively large clone. Flowers virtually identical to hemmingii flowers.

I have many of these growing in the yard, and so far, seems to do well in all situations except in full, hot, all day sun... those plants suffer a bit. Very easy species, and easy to find, too (commonly sold at outlet garden centers).

Temps near the bottom of this plant's range (zone 9b) will do significant damage, and plants exposed to the full brunt of a freeze without the benefit of any overhead protection at all will eventuallly turn to mush at about 25F.

Somalian native


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Corona, California
Mission Viejo, California
Norwalk, California
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California
Metairie, Louisiana
Andrews, Texas
Dallas, Texas

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