Aloe Species

Aloe betsileensis

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: betsileensis


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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


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

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Bonsall, California

Reseda, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 10, 2010, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b coastal Otago NZ

Another lovely Madagascan aloe with a lot of potential, similar to my A Capitata (don't ask what subsps it is because I cannot for the life of me make sense of the differences) which also does well here. Similar in appearance, but not identical- it's hard to put your finger on the differences but side by side, you can tell they're not the same species. Perhaps it's a little more sinuous, leaves a bit less plump, red marginal teeth not quite the same, slightly more 'green' than the steely banded blues in my Capitata etc. But if a low growing rosette with interesting colouration is what you're after, either species would do well. The Betsileensis is slightly more elegant, the Capitata more punky, if you know what I mean.

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On Dec 30, 2008, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

Here are excerpts of G.W. Reynolds description of the plant which was first published from his field observations of both mature and immature plants at a locality he discovered between 83 and 102 km South of Ihosy on the road to Betroka, Madagascar in the late 1950's.

...20-30 leaves in average specimens - 50 in very large plants. densely rosulate - spreading- ascending 30-40 cm long. (reflected in imaged specimens)..... 7-9 cm broad at base narrowing to apex which slightly twisted, obtusely rounded and shortly toothed. Upper surface dull green with reddish tinge, without spots or markings. Flat on top to slightly canalculate (canal form), lower surface convex similar to upper surface; margins with reddish edge armed with deltoid, pungent, reddish teeth 2-3mm, long and 8-1... read more


On Jul 7, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Madagascan plant, showing a lot of nice color, particularly as a young seedling. Grows up looking a LOT like Aloe conifera though two to three times larger- otherwise differs mainly in floral details- flowers tend to be more branched and start out orange before opening yellow. Has striking red teeth on leaf margins. Flowers look nothing like A capitata, so easy to distinguish there. Leaves of this plant are always colorful- either a deep turquoise or, when stressed, a purplish red hue. Plants always solitary and stemless. One of the most attractive mid-sized landscape aloes in my opinion.