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PlantFiles: Mountain Aloe, Snake Aloe
Aloe broomii

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: broomii (BROOM-ee-eye) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Jan 23, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- My Aloe broomii is only 2 years old, but is doing well in the ground, with several hours of full sun in summer afternoons, and monthly water in summer and none in winter. It has not yet bloomed.

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

This species does surprisingly alright in the deserts of Arizona. It seems to prefer a rocky soil that drains quickly over flat ground positions where water is likely to collect and not drain away. Both specimens I have are either on a mound or in a raised barrier near a wash. I haven't exposed this plant to full sun as green skinned succulents seem to burn more easily than blue skinned plants do. They live happily under the shade of large trees. No flowers yet, but I hope soon!

Positive BayAreaTropics On Feb 19, 2009, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I havent grown it but I just saw a photo of a red cultivar of this plant. Wow,a nice Aloe made much more attractive.

Positive greenlarry On Oct 25, 2006, greenlarry from Darlington
United Kingdom wrote:

I saw the spines and had to buy it!

Positive thistlesifter On Apr 28, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

One of the more attractive aloes. It is easily grown, and flowers regularly. The flower stalk is very nice.

Can't seem to get enough of this plant.


Positive RWhiz On Feb 9, 2006, RWhiz from Spring Valley, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant grows well in full sun in Southern California. It is easily rooted in potting soil with warmth.

Positive palmbob On Sep 1, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

common and attractive aloe - frequently sold at garden outlet stores in So Cal, often in groups with other succulents. Makes a neat and tidy rosette of pale to deep green leaves accented by large, dark, very sharp spines along the leaf margins (and down the middle of the underside of the leaves, too, at least part way). This is one of the most dangerous aloes to stick your hand into the middle of (like when removing debris from between the leaves)... hooked sharp spines grab me every time. Rarely suckers. Takes blasting heat well. Relatively slow growing, but easy.

Just a note: Jan 07 freeze in southern California- had 27F in my yard for at least 5 hours, and not a single one of 4 plants was damaged in any way, despite hundreds of other aloe species showing major damage or death. Nice hardy plant!

Differs from var tarkaensis in that the bracts of this plant cover the flowers until they open, while on tarkaensis the bracts are much smaller and the flowers are visible all along the raceme (much more ornamental flowers on var tarkaensis for that reason).


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

Carefree, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
El Macero, California
Los Angeles, California
Reseda, California
Richmond, California
Spring Valley, California
Tarzana, California
Vista, California

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