Aloe Species

Aloe elgonica

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: elgonica (el-GOH-nik-uh) (Info)


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Mid Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Carefree, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Los Angeles, California

Norwalk, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 28, 2014, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

My first thought upon seeing this at a big box store the other day was "Wow, that's an interesting Aloe brevifolia with flatter, wider leaves than usual; I've gotta get it." (A. brevifolia is one of my favorite succulents ever.) Then I saw the tag saying E. elgonica, a species I'd never heard of, despite being a big aloe geek. So of course I bought it, but I have some suspicion that it has some A. brevifolia in it, since the leaves are a lot stubbier (shorter & wider) than the ones in the photos on DG and other sites. Maybe they elongate as the plant ages? Not sure if my plant was grown from seed (in which case the leaves would be expected to be stubbier) or from a cutting (in which case they'd be expected to be longer, like those of a mature plant).
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On Sep 27, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

I have had this plant nearly a year and it is already a favorite. It has a graceful clumping form with curvy lush deeply colored leaves and prominent elegant leaf spines. Its flower is a welcome sight for aloe lovers as it is one of the early aloe flowers of late summer.

It is of easy culture, not at aloe picky about watering overhead and does well in pure DG.



On Dec 7, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice looking Kenyan Aloe that gets a lot of nice red color in full sun and heat. It's a suckering aloe that can either be a low growing plant if kept totally devoid of water, or grow up to 3-4' tall if given some protection and water. Rosettes up to 1' across. Leaves recurved, shiny with striking, large, sharp deltoid teeth along the margins. Flowers simple, to slightly branched, and deep red in early spring (northern hemisphere)... however I have seen these plants also bloom, though not as heavily, in mid to late summer in southern California (July- August).