Aloe Species, Fence Aloe, Ikhalana

Aloiampelos tenuior

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloiampelos
Species: tenuior (ten-yoo-ee-or) (Info)
Synonym:Aloe tenuior
Synonym:Aloe tenuior var. decidua
Synonym:Aloe tenuior var. densiflora
Synonym:Aloe tenuior var. glaucescens
Synonym:Aloe tenuior var. rubriflora
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Phoenix, Arizona

El Macero, California

Reseda, California

San Marino, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California (2 reports)

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Broaddus, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 14, 2010, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Coastal Otago, 9b NZ

I picked up a small specimen from a local hardware shop not knowing what it was, and left it outside through a cold dull soggy winter (potted) since I wasn't that impressed after reading up on the species.

But! I have to say, this plant has (not literally) grown on me. Mine is a little stockier than the willowy, viney ones that people complain of, perhaps because of our cooler conditions. Dark forest green. It has not rocketed away, but kept up a steady pace and is now around double the size it was two years ago. No flowers yet, but more stalks coming away from the base will make it a nice looking, upright and atypical element in my succulent collection.
In its favour are the facts that it's not bothered by hail, or seemingly... read more


On Feb 27, 2005, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mine is in the greenhouse for the winter. While checking on plants in pots, I noticed my Aloe tenuior has this red bloom spiral. It is a pass-along plant from friend which I was unable to identify until I saw the pictures here.


On Mar 10, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a 'rambling' sort of vining aloe that has flowers that bloom most if not all year here in So Cal (somewhat unusual for the aloe world). Flowers usually yellow, but can be red, too. I had one in the cactus garden for 9 years and had to be clipped back frequently since it tended to grow all over everything. Reminiscent of Aloe ciliaris and gracilis but with narrower leaves.

Freeze in southern California in mid 20s did significant damage to this species, so probably not really that hardy a zone 9b plant- boardering on a 10a species.