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Aloe Species

Aloe greenii

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: greenii (GREEN-ee-eye) (Info)
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Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Los Angeles, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 17, 2011, boomboer from Cape Town,
South Africa wrote:

Aloe greenii is very similar to Aloe pruinosa, both are from Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. A. greenii is a clump forming, stemless aloe and a fast grower, whereas A pruinosa is solitary and will only form a clump when the growing tip is damaged. The inflorescence of A pruinosa is also taller and the flowers are lighter in colour. A. greenii appreciates water - it will flourish in damp soil - if you want to curb the growth, just cut back on the water. It flowers in late summer/fall.


On Dec 10, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

South African aloe with long, recurved leaves and linear white flecking on the leaves that fades in full sun. Flowers are a soft pink and branched. I think it's a suckering aloe, but have seem some that don't seem to do that.

My own experience with growing this plant, assuming the plant I have as Aloe greenii is actually the real thing (never a sure thing when you buy a seedling) is that this could be the fastest growing aloe in my yard... grew from a small seedling to a huge plant with nearly a 3.5' diameter in just two years... and mine is forming a short stem... not supposed to do that, but then there is variation in the Aloe world. Flowers are supposedlyl formed in summers, but so far, all the plants grown and identified this in the botanical gardens (and my own p... read more