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Aloe
Aloe virens

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

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Succulent

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)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Reseda, California

Riverside, California

Spring Valley, California

Riviera, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

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

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! h... read more