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PlantFiles: Climbing Aloe
Aloe ciliaris

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: ciliaris (sil-ee-AIR-iss) (Info)

Synonym:Aloe tidmarshii

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19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral lcadena On Aug 6, 2013, lcadena from Riverside, CA wrote:

Does this climbing aloe have to have full sun? I live in So CA and it gets very hot here in the summer. I'd like to plant it in a bigger pot and keep on my front porch which gets a lot of light and some filtered sun. Thanks

Neutral vossner On Jul 13, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Considered to be the only true climbing aloe as well as the fastest growing of all aloe species. Mine is potted and sitting by a super bright window.

Positive bob32714 On May 19, 2010, bob32714 from Altamonte Springs, FL wrote:

As Palmbob mentions, 25 F seems to be the region this otherwise hearty plant melts.... but this year, mine is growing back! We're in the Orlando area.

Positive rbinga On Aug 20, 2008, rbinga from Dallas, GA wrote:

I've kept this one aloe ciliaris plant as a houseplant since 1978 (given to me by a horticulture teacher in high school). I've never known the name of it until just recently when I wrote Walter Reeves of WSB radio 750 AM to identify it. I live in Georgia near Atlanta so it must be brought indoors prior to first freeze, otherwise, as has been pointed out, it melts to mush. It has never bloomed but must be kept trimmed to fit through the door. Otherwise, it just stays in full sun all summer and needs little/no maintenance. Great plant! I'm not a seller...just happy to have finally found out what the heck it is.

Positive albleroy On Aug 25, 2004, albleroy from Wavre/ greenhous +/- 2500 species, IA wrote:

Is a very nice flowering plant. In my garden on Tenerife it flowers nearly the complete year. I am situated at 900 meter level and can adapt several exotic plants here,

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

Common landsape aloe that branches profusely and climbs all over everything. EAsy to control, so wouldn't actually say it's invasive, but it can cover other stuff up if you let it. Has nice pale red to deep orange-red flowers, with yellow tips, all year round, though more so mid winter. Small leaves with insignificant spines along the edges. Makes a good hedge.
This is one of the easiest aloes to grow from cuttings- just snip off a branch, stuff it in the ground and it will usually grow well (obviously in somewhat moist but very well draining soil would be best, though I have stuck some cuttings in what looks like pure clay and they have rooted and taken off as well).

Found out this is very cold sensitve species the hard way, this Jan 07 when southern California had an extremely unusual freeze... got down to 27F in my yard and every single plant was turned to mush- obviously one of the least cold hardy aloes there are, as I have 250 species, and this was one of the only ones completely erased from the yard, and in dramatic, melting fashion. At least this is a common and easy one to replace.


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Chandler Heights, Arizona
Peoria, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Scottsdale, Arizona (2 reports)
Arroyo Grande, California
Brea, California
Chowchilla, California
Fairfield, California
Hayward, California
Huntington Beach, California
Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California (2 reports)
Reseda, California
Riverside, California
Sonoma, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Sugar Land, Texas

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