Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Black-spined Aloe
Aloe melanacantha

bookmark
Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: melanacantha (mel-an-uh-KAN-tha) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

View this plant in a garden

Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Red
Red-Orange

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Succulent

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Click thumbnail
to view:

By palmbob
Thumbnail #1 of Aloe melanacantha by palmbob

By palmbob
Thumbnail #2 of Aloe melanacantha by palmbob

By palmbob
Thumbnail #3 of Aloe melanacantha by palmbob

By palmbob
Thumbnail #4 of Aloe melanacantha by palmbob

By palmbob
Thumbnail #5 of Aloe melanacantha by palmbob

By palmbob
Thumbnail #6 of Aloe melanacantha by palmbob

By palmbob
Thumbnail #7 of Aloe melanacantha by palmbob

There are a total of 24 photos.
Click here to view them all!

Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive thistlesifter On Feb 2, 2007, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

Over time (10 years) the plant has an almost its on stark character among aloes. It is very unique. If an Aloe could be a tumbleweed, it would look like melanacantha.

I've seen multiple -headed A. melanacantha, though I failed to capture an image. It is spectacular. Key seems to be, don't try to push it or control it in any way. It will arrive in its own time. a unique and beautiful masterpiece of nature.

bob
:>)

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

Smallish, slow-to-sucker aloe with large, somewhat sharp, dark spines all over it. Older spines are black (hence the name) though new leaves have yellowy, soft ones. Very interesting and extremely drought tolerant species. However, is a tad more prone to rot if overwatered than most aloes. Also, from personal experience, is one of the worst aloes at suddenly adjusting from full shade to full sun (usually gets fried to a crisp and dies). It definitely performs best as a full sun aloe.. .even partial sun is not normally recommended. Prone to rot and etiolation if even grown in part day sun. Easy to grow otherwise- I have had it in pots in low light situations, and out in full, dry hot sun and seems to do equally well in both (though more colorful in full sun). Moderate grower in speed. Red flowers on solitary, simple raceme.

Regional...

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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Davis, California
La Presa, California
Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California
National City, California
Reseda, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California
Lafayette, Tennessee



We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America