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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe ibitiensis

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: ibitiensis (eye-bit-ee-EN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Aloe cremersii
Synonym:Aloe saronarae

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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
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early 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)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Mar 14, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Deep burgundy species (when stressed) from Central Madagascar- rare in cultivation. Color quickly changed to a bright green once given enough water. Has small white teeth and somewhat rough, stiff, tapering leaves. It is a suckering. stemmed aloe but slow growing. Rosettes usually 6"-8" in diameter and stems only 1/4" in diameter.

there is some controversy about whether this and Aloe ibitiensis are two different plants. The plants most think of as Aloe ibitiensis are actually Aloe deltoideodonta var fallax... so this might be the 'real' Aloe ibitiensis... added 2008. I will add more if I learn more.

2011- from the newly published book on Aloe of Madagascar by Castillon and Castillon, this plant is the real Aloe ibitiensis and the name aloe itremensis is no longer accepted (will probably be some time before the large plant taxonomic websites accept this so for now, this designation will persist).

Also Aloe erythrophylla is a very similar looking plant and comes from the same area of Madagascar. It differs in having even more red-brown in the foliage most of the time and flower peduncles are short (less than 10") while A itremensis has peduncles that are often several feet long and branched. When not flowering, these two are difficult to tell apart.

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

neat, simple, not too many leaves at a time stemmless aloe, with pale green to light lime-green leaves markedly lined and with small white teeth along the edges... from Madagascar. No official information on cold hardiness, but has survived 28F without much damage, if any, here in southern California. So far seems to be a pretty hardy aloe. Suckers at a small size. As ages, tends to 'crawl' along the ground leaving a bare stem behind it. Only holds about 6-8 leaves at a time. Leaves thick and fleshy, triangular and nearly flat.

Recent freeze (Jan 07) in southern California showed this to be a pretty hardy species showing minimal (but some) damage in the mid 20s. I doubt it could handle temps below 25F for any length of time.

ALL above information pertains to Aloe deltoideodonta var. fallax, not Aloe ibitiensis.

Aloe ibitiensis is a solitary, mostly stemless species of aloe with long, flattish to sl recurving leaves and noticable teeth- no striations or spotting. Leaves tend to be reddish brown most of the year unless grown in some shade (then deep, dark green). Aloes itremensis, saronare and cremersii are all synonyms. Flowers less than spectacular on simple to minimally branched inflorescences with dull red flowers in an open, columnar shape. Still, a nice plant for sunny areas in the landscape in southern California.
2011 book on Aloe of Madagascar clears up the controversy of this species... ALL the information and photos currently on this page are actaully Aloe deltoideodonta fallax, and not ibitiensis, which is the correct name for Aloes itremensis and saronarae).... will take some time to work this out in the plant files so be patient.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Mission Viejo, California
Norwalk, California
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California

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