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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe ellenbeckii

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: ellenbeckii (el-len-BEK-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Aloe dumetorum

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 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
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Porphyrostachys On Aug 30, 2009, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice little Aloe that handles the desert heat fine and in the ground seems to do ok with basic frosts. The flowers are a bit unreliable and the rabbits love to eat it.

Positive thistlesifter On Dec 26, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

I water this about once a week in well-drained 50% DG/50% pumice organic mix during spring and summer. Once a week during Fall and Winter if it hasn't rained in the last week. Seems to do fine with this schedule. I will hold back watering if it shows no new growth signals.


Neutral palmbob On Mar 18, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

low growing suckering aloe with short, stiff, thin spotted leaves with tiny teeth along the margins. Leaves tend to grow straight up in the air. I found this a pretty easy aloe to grow in the garden, southern CAlifornia, but somewhat slow. It also is easy to overwater and cause to rot (found out this several times). Eventually grows into a large, ground-cover-like colony.

Information about this plant states it's a summer to fall bloomer, but here in So Cal it seems to bloom only in the winter

How to tell this plant from Aloe amudatensis is unknown to me... similar flowers, similar leaves, similar blooming habits... hmmm. the latter is from Uganda, while this is from Somalia.

Though it is a bit wimpy in cold, my plants all survived the Jan 07 Los Angeles freeze of 27F with minor leaf tip damage- same freeze that melted about 5 other species completely and damaged hundreds of others. Pretty sure this is a zone 10a plant.


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California (2 reports)

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