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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe ortholopha

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: ortholopha (or-tho-LOH-fuh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

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

18-24 in. (45-60 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

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive thistlesifter On Nov 30, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

We have 2 clones of this plant in the gardens. Planted when bent-up and desicated in March. much of the summer with quite a bit of water these didn't look like much. As Fall approached they began to grow well. By late Fall they had reached beautifully colored plump and thick fat leaves. One plant in DG / pumice was bright bluish green. The other in seasoned pure DG had beads of deeper purple green and grayish green showing laterally across the leaves. It also was just as fat, thick and plump. Great plants so far, should flower this year.


Neutral palmbob On Jan 31, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Wide leaf stemless aloe with minimal spines along leaf margins. Gets purply in full sun with dehydration, but greens up if watered. Relatively fast grower (personal experience). Very drought tolerant, but likes water if it can get it. Grew very well in my poor quality clay soil.

Flowers a laterally oriented simple inflorescence in winter.. flowers oriented vertically on one side of the flower stalk (upper side) only. ... one of the slowest and most persistent flowers of any aloe I have grown (starts in Decmeber and finishes in March- one flower!). Most other aloes start flowering and that flower is usually done 2-3 weeks after it first starts to grow, though some have flowers that take about 5- weeks... but this one is about 12 weeks!


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

Carefree, Arizona
Chandler Heights, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Bonsall, California
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California

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