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PlantFiles: Coral Aloe
Aloe striata

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: striata (stree-AH-tuh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

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

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

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

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)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Jan 23, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Aloe striata does well in the ground in my garden and is quite frost hardy, having survived down to 24F with no protection. One specimen is over 20 years old and blooms regularly. It was planted in strong shade and has "moved" itself a foot or so away (via stalk extension and curvature) to get more sun. It receives bi-weekly flood irrigation. A second specimen in strong afternoon summer sun is only watered once a month, but does fine.

Neutral Baja_Costero On Apr 27, 2014, Baja_Costero from Baja California
Mexico (Zone 11) wrote:

Tough aloe with nice orange flowers in a multibranched inflorescence. Looks especially good in groups. Many plants under this name are hybrids with spotted leaves, marginal teeth, and/or a suckering habit. Flowers can be prone to aloe mite. Foliage changes color depending on exposure, season, and stress. Tolerates drought but looks better when given occasional water.

Positive baiissatva On Sep 8, 2008, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Very attractive, and with its blushing colours and idiosyncratic form, its a great addition to a massed collection of different aloes.
If you have wet conditions, this is the aloe for you- provided the drainage is ok, this guy just gets fatter and better looking with abundant moisture.
Seems to take mild to medium frosts quite well, this is a cheerful and rewarding species, so pretty that it seems too easy to grow!
Winter 09 update- looks like I spoke too soon. See pics of my A Striata and a Striata (?) hybrid suffering frost damage after being planted out during a colder than normal winter. Doh. Nothing fatal, but learn from my mistake- in new beds, take care or frost can catch them out.

See some of our plants and gardenalia at The Blackthorn

Neutral Xenomorf On Mar 31, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Whatever the other species is that the Aloe striata was crossbred with caused it to have some teeth on the leaf margins.

Neutral palmbob On Jan 24, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Relatively common aloe with nice fall color of leaves- blue-green fading to a pinkish. Leaves have striations along their length (hence the name). Leaves also have a fine whitish border along the edges and no teeth to speak of. Has a coral colored flower branching but only at the very end of a tall, thin stalk- usually one flower stalk per plant. Suckering aloe- can spread but slowly. Leaves very wide, flat, short and spineless margins. Note, you may see a lot of toothed aloes that look exactly like this one, and may even be identified as such by a nursery or botanical garden- they are hybrids, however.

This is one of the fastest growing aloes in southern California (and a very hardy, easy one)- can go from a new seedling to a flowering adult nearly 2' in diameter in less than two years. Grows in just about any condition, from shady/moist to full sun, hot and dry. Many hybrid forms exist, sometimes making it difficult to tell what is the real thing. Similar species Aloe reynoldsii (similar leaves with striations) have much shorter, more highly branched flowers of yellow, and tend to flower earlier in the winter than A striata. There are also at least two forms/subspecies of this plant, one having much more prominent striations. Some consider that form to be a different species now (Aloe karasbergensis... and it does have its own species verification now!). South African native


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona
Gilbert, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Queen Creek, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Bostonia, California
Clayton, California
El Macero, California
Fairfield, California
Fresno, California
Hayward, California
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
Riverside, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
San Marino, California
Sonoma, California
Spring Valley, California
Stockton, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Valley Center, California
Vista, California (3 reports)
Panama City Beach, Florida
Metairie, Louisiana
Austin, Texas
Brady, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Portland, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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