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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe elegans

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive thistlesifter On Jan 11, 2009, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

The more recently discovered variant, currently provincially called Aloe aff. elegans has exaggerated margin teeth, is spotless and has pronounced accented red margins and teeth. Its flower, while similar, is more sparcely distributed and has a shorter raceme. There are minor race variances, until it has been described (if it merits description) it has been assigned under elegans. I will post it here. There is one with and one without flower posted here and in the individual image description I've noted it as Aloe aff. elegans.

Neutral palmbob On Jul 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

silvery-blue smooth upright aloe from Northeast Africa. Very rarely, if ever, suckers. Stemless plants with upright habit. Leaves are dull grey-green to reddish (in stress) and have small reddish-brown teeth. Flowers a striking orange/yellow or red color on branched racemes (2-4 branches) . Ethiopian native where it is very common on open slopes at moderately high elevations (up to 7000 feet).

No damage to my plant at 27F for hours, while aloes all around it either melted or showed some leaf damage... nice hardy species!


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona
Bonsall, California
Highgrove, California
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
Santa Monica, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California

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