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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe cremnophila

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: cremnophila (krem-noh-FIL-uh) (Info)

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

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

A shrubby, rambling thing from Somalia that has no trouble filling an area with suckers in 6 years time. I've seen a clump of this on the campus of ASU that gets a good amount of sun, so I figure its blue color helps it endure. Not terribly frost hardy - in 2007 most of the plant froze, but the suckers underneath the damaged portions (and underground) survived and now this plant is back as big as it was prior to the freeze. Not a reliable bloomer here, but looks neat hanging over a wall or embankment in dappled light. Cremnophila means, more or less, "cliff dweller."

Neutral palmbob On Aug 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

smaller pale green to tan (in hot sun) stemmed clumping Somalian aloe known for growing on cliffs or steep, rocky hillsides. Has narrowish leaves with moderate sized teeth. Got mine as a dinky seedling and in 2 years has spread to a large clump of suckering plants about 8" tall.


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

Carefree, Arizona
Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California

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