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Aloe hardyi

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: hardyi (HAR-dee-eye) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 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 Winter

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:
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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Porphyrostachys On Jul 1, 2006, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

If you've seen the mammillaria hanging upside down from a hanging pot in the greenhouse at Huntington Botanical Gardens, that's how I grow this Aloe to mimic the hanging preference. :)

Positive palmbob On Aug 22, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

It seems to grow OK in a pot despite its natural tendency to grow hanging from cliff faces in its native south AFrica. Aggressively suckering short stemmed pale green to purply (depending on sun and cold exposure) aloe with light colored teeth along leaf margins. Leafs straight to slightly recurved and a nice blue-green. Gets pretty large and forms an above-ground stem eventually. My plant has suckered and formed multiple short shrubby plants with about 2" of thick stem/trunk each. Now that they are mature in rosette size and have been growing in the ground for about 5 years, their tops are starting to grow laterally, and one is even beginning to make some motions as if it is going to grow downward. I hope this does not happen as it will quickly grow into the ground if it keeps this up.

Obviously not named hardyi for being cold hardy- freeze in my Los Angeles yard Jan 07 of 27F melted most of the leaves on my plant- turns out to be one of the wimpier species in the yard out of 250 species or more I have... however, some were obliterated and this one is still alive... so not the very wimpiest.


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

Mesa, Arizona
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California

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