Aloe Species, Jackal's Tail Aloe, Kraal Aloe

Aloe claviflora

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: claviflora (klav-ih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Aloe decora
Synonym:Aloe schlechteri



Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:



Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Carefree, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Mission Viejo, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 10, 2017, Bronto from Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

Revels in the heat, not phased by 115F heat, the stiff fibrous leaves just curl in slightly. Have not had rotting problems. Deep red flowers eventually all move to face downward from bloom stalk.


On Mar 9, 2010, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

9b coastal Otago NZ

Super-beautiful plant and well worth the effort of fulfilling it's requirements. I too have found this aloe hard to please as far as water is concerned, but then I shouldn't complain since Im trying to grow it in pretty unsuitable conditions! It seems to be one of the more desert-specific aloes, not really adapting to regular water too well, and letting it sit wet in winter results in root rot faster than you can say the words.
That said, my small example had the roots rotted right off it's little arsecheeks and was close to death before I extricated it and sat it in some dryish pumice, after which it obliged me by developing new roots and beginning to recover.
So if you have a nice specimen that's showing signs of rot, don't despair, cut ... read more


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

Easily one of the BEST Aloes for the deserts of Arizona. It tolerates the heat, a good amount of sun and went through 19F in 2007 unscathed. The flower show is AMAZING every spring and you'll soon realize that one plant alone isn't enough. Try growing at least 7 plants in a group and sit back for a grand show!


On Apr 15, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

South African stemless aloe. Suckers, but forms dense clumps so suckers right next to mother plant. As colony ages, the center plants die leaving an ever widening circle of clustered plants. These plants actually have stems/trunks, but they run along the ground for 1-2 meters. For some reason the blooms all point out away from the center of the cluster. Leaves slight rough in texture, thick, stiff and brittle, and strikingly pale green to grey-green with sparse, black marginal teeth. Flowers single, dense racemes of red to yellow (usually redder near tips and turning yellow with age) and tend to grow laterally, instead of upright.

Note: this species is readily prone to rot if allowed to get too wet in summer, or wet AND cold in winter (as I have discovered on multiple ... read more