Aloe Species, Rat Aloe

Aloe ballyi

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: ballyi (BAL-lee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red

Red-Orange

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Spring Valley, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 17, 2011, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

this is a rare Kenyan tree aloe in cultivation. Not seen a mature one.. in fact, I have only seen dinky seedlings so far, but photos of this look impressive. It is a solitary species with a naked stem (no retained leaves on this one) with uniquely toxic leaves, that reportedly smell like rodents when cut. This is one of the rare, truly toxic Aloe species.

Do not confuse this huge plant with the dinky grass aloe from southern Africa spelled almost the same (Aloe ballii).

I got one inky dinky seedling a year ago thinking that it was probably going to die (rare species sometimes are rare for a reason)... but surprisingly it has done quite well and grown quite rapidly (from a 3 leaf 2" tall plant to a 6 leaf 10" tall plant in just a year- fast for many species... read more

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