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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe esculenta

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: esculenta (es-kew-LEN-tuh) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

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

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Good desert Aloe! It handles the sun, heat and frost just fine. The plant's flowers and overall shape seem reminiscent of Aloe littoralis, which might explain why it tolerates similar conditions just as well.

Positive ALTER_EGO On Dec 31, 2006, ALTER_EGO from Mission Viejo, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is an eye-catching plant. Its pale green leaves have a hazy blue coating that covers some of the surface. The upper surface spots or splotches are generally solid, while the lower ones look like tiny eyes. The marginal teeth are a rusty-red color. This plant has doubled in volume since being planted in July. It is in the process of putting up two amazing bloom stalks.

Neutral palmbob On Mar 25, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Small to medium sized stemless rosettes of pale green to deep blue-green, speckled leaves and small, stiff teeth along margins. Leaves are relatively straight and slightly fluted. Flowers branching and a deep pink-red-rose in late spring. Angolan native. Reportedly very frost tender yet surviving well in Pasadena California where a bit of frost is not uncommon every winter.

Now that we've had a 'true test' freeze in southern California, I can happily report that this plant is actually not frost tender- one of the hardier aloes it seems. No damage to my seedlings at 27F, and the mature plants at the Huntington gardens were unaffected by the freeze, even though many Aeoniums and Euphorbias will 'melting' all around them. They only got down to around 30F in the area this plant is growing in there.


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

Carefree, Arizona
Chandler, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California

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