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Aloe vaotsanda

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: vaotsanda (vay-oh-SAN-duh) (Info)

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Feb 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Saw a nice aloe garden recently in So Cal with a bunch of these Madagascan tree aloes planted in it. Plants are very attractive with exceptionally long, drooping leaves, and though none were trees yet, they were striking plants. As seedlings, they are relatively easy to tell apart from other species- look like octopi... but as plants mature can be a bit difficult to tell from some of the other long-leaved South AFrican aloes when not in flower (like Aloe alooides, A angelica, A thraskii etc.). However, this one has a unique way of dragging its leaves along the ground as though it were some floating octopus-like sci fi alien... leaves outstretch barely curling as they hit the ground.

Like many Madagascan aloes, this species tends to be quite colorful under stress (winter conditions) showing a lot of maroon in its leaves. This plant is from southern Madagascar. Though rare in cultivation, recently these plants have become much more available.

Flowers are deep red and very small on a multibranched inflorescence that points its short pedicles in all directions. Flowers are pressed flat along the peduncles and closely spaced making each raceme look a bit like a rocket. Flowers turn from red to yellow briefly as they open, but then the quickly curl back their petals and die, leaving only 1-3 yellow flowers at a time. Flowers open from the base toward the tip as in most (but not all) aloes.


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California

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