Aloe
Aloe tomentosa

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: tomentosa (toh-men-TOH-suh) (Info)
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Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Succulent

Rubbery-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Apache Junction, Arizona

Carefree, Arizona

Chandler Heights, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Hayward, California

Mission Viejo, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 26, 2010, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Aloe tomentosa is actually only found in the mountains of Yemen and is probably hardier than most would assume since it grows above 7,000 feet. It is a massive plant and rarely suckers. Multiple plants are more likely divided heads. Aloe tomentosa sometimes grows together with Aloe vacillans and when crossed creates the hybrid Aloe x menachensis.

The plants found in Africa belong to Aloe molederana and those found in Saudi Arabia are either Aloe parvicapsula or Aloe woodii. The only truly shared trait in any of these plants are the woolly flowers.

The flowers alone make the plant very worthwhile to grow! Plants grown in Arizona survived 19F with upper leaf damage, but the rosette itself survived. Seems to tolerate a decent amount of sun as well, though i... read more

Positive

On Apr 9, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Larger terrestrial suckering aloe with thick, smooth, mildly spiny glaucous, and in some cases, near transluscent, leaves. Plants can get over 2' in diameter. Flowers are whitish, branched and fuzzy- not like any other aloe flowers I have seen. From Yemen, Somalia and Arabia, Africa.