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Aloe falcata

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: falcata (fal-KAY-tuh) (Info)


Cactus and Succulents


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:

Full Sun


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

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Hayward, California

Los Angeles, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 12, 2011, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

9b coastal Otago New Zealand

I'm a recovering overwaterer who suffers many, many relapses. After several fatal disasters with aloe claviflora, Ive given up on it and opted for it's slightly less demanding cousin, falcata. Both plants have that fat, cushiony, tapered leaf that I like the look of but my small falcata is already proving less water sensitive, having doubled it's size since acquisition as a very small pup about a year ago. My claviforas started bitching and losing their roots right away under the same conditions.

Contrary to the many dour assertions about the fussiness of this plant to be found on the interweb, I'm finding it trouble-free thus far through a horribly wet and grey southern hemisphere summer. I have it potted in a 'fast' mix and b... read more


On Aug 21, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

Falcata has been in my gardens for over 18 years. It requires no addtional water (rain is enough). It has a fine sandpaper skin, pale blue greenish color and had mutliple heads till it was moved and they came apart.



On Aug 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

nice stemmless solitary to rarely clumping drought tolerant blue green plant with prominent and sharp red-brown teeth. Leaves upright forming dense rosettes and very stiff and brittle (not flexible) with a subtle rough texture to them. Good landscape plant for very dry open gardens, where turquoise coloration will stand out. Tends to be a bit prone to rot if over watered, particularly in blazing heat of summer (though I havent' experienced this personally with mine... but was warned not to water much, if at all, in summer). South African native.