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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe virens

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: virens (VEER-enz) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 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:
Full Sun

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Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NancySLAZ On Jul 4, 2012, NancySLAZ from Sun Lakes, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Arid Lands sells this plant and says it is a hybrid of Aloe humilis, not the same. A prolific bloomer!

Neutral palmbob On Aug 30, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

What is Aloe virens? I have seen it growing at several botanical gardens, now, and the description of it seems pretty consistent: small, suckering bright green aloe with pronounced white marginal teeth, and some hint of teeth on lower leaf surface near tips... flowers red. Looks a LOT like Aloe nobilis (Gold Tooth Aloe), but no mention that the two may be one in the same. And yet I can not find any scientific description of this plant by any reliable source. Some claim it is from South AFrica, but it's not listed even as a synonym in my book on Aloes of South Africa. Seems common in cultivation, so my guess it is not a true species, but some hybrid that is 'partially' from South AFrica??

2011 Kew now considers this plant name to be a synonym for Aloe humilis... ha! hardly! Look very little alike. Whatever.


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

Reseda, California
Riverside, California
Spring Valley, California
Riviera, Texas

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