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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe parvibracteata

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: parvibracteata (par-vee-brak-tee-AY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Aloe decurvidens
Synonym:Aloe keithii

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 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:
Full Sun

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bronto On Jan 16, 2013, Bronto from Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

Large rugged (can take heat or cold) aloe that offsets vigorously. A marked characteristic is that it's blooms are far more frost resistant than most aloes. Mine have just survived 5 days of overnight lows below freezing in a large pot, temps were down to 25-26 degrees F. Blooms of Aloe Cryptopoda and Sinkatana both froze at these temps. Leaves tend to dry up from end, giving it an unkempt weedy appearance.

Positive palmbob On Mar 1, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Not an exciting looking aloe (another spotted green stemless variety), but when planted en masse, it can make a great landscaping look for the winter warm temperate garden- great flower color. Flowers normally pink-red, but can be orange, I guess. Flowers are on very tall racemes (3-4'+ tall) and branched. Plants without flowers can be difficult to tell from Aloe greatheadii, or many of the other South African spotted species. Leaves are deep to dull green, or brown if stressed. As with most spotted aloes, the leaf tips tend to dry up in summers with low water. Very sharp teeth!!


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

Scottsdale, Arizona
Bonsall, California
Fresno, California
Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California (2 reports)
Jacksonville, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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