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Aloe trichosantha

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: trichosantha (try-kos-ANTH-a) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

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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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral palmbob On Aug 22, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Got this plant a few years ago- had never heard of it, but I tend to collect any aloe I don't have already... Rosettes have gotten to about 2' in diameter. Tends to be brown, particularly in full sun, and spotted. Took full sun here in southern California entire month of July with temps well into the 100s for days on end (had a 120F day, even, without any signs of burn). Also have one in a shady position (the offset) and it, too, is fine... adaptable aloe.

Natives of Ethiopia and Eritrea

However, I did learn this Jan 07 that this aloe cannot tolerate temps down as low as 26F... got severely damaged and still struggling 5 months later to recover.

Flowers are generally solitary, simple (unbranched) to only 1-2 branches, and contain narrowly conical very open racemes of dull pink and dull green flowers (turning all pink as they open) that extend about 4/5 of the length of the flower stalk. Flowers are notably fuzzy (pubescent) and are nearly identical to those of Aloe pubescens. Flowers mid spring to mid summer (at least in southern California). Inflorescence length depends on light exposure with full sun plants having 2-3' flowers, while those grown in more shade are 3' or more.

Neutral thistlesifter On Aug 21, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

Not much experience with the plant, as it is new in my collection.


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

Apache Junction, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Mission Viejo, California
Reseda, California
San Marino, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California
Lutz, Florida

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