Aloe Species

Aloe hemmingii

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: hemmingii (hem-MING-ee-eye) (Info)
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Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly

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:

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:

Apache Junction, Arizona

Carefree, Arizona

Chandler, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Brea, California

Garden Grove, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Tarzana, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Sarasota, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Metairie, Louisiana

Dallas, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 21, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- I too was sold this plant as Aloe harlana, but I think it is actually A. hemmingii. It has a pink flower with no branching, but is fairly large -- about a foot across and has one offshoot. It is in the ground in partial shade and light water and does well. I don't cover it in the winter and it has been growing since the late 1990s, including several hard freezes.


On Aug 30, 2009, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This species has no problem with the heat or frosts of the Arizona desert. It often flowers during the summer when not much else is doing anything, but also flowers randomly throughout the year. A welcome addition to the desert that seems to look best in filtered light.


On Aug 9, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b coastal Otago New Zealand

I grow mine indoors, so I cant comment on it's hardiness, though it's so totally undemanding that I wouldn't argue with anyone who says it's a toughie.
I too was sucked in by the classic story- bought it at a homewares shop, label assuring me it was aloe harlana (Ive come across a number of surprisingly uncommon species in this particular place so it never crossed by mind that it was too good to be true), took it home, gloating over my amazing purchase, and waited for it to get large. And waited, and waited. Doh!
I mustnt complain about this very lovely little plant, though- with it's lizardy speckles, cute mini spines and nice gloss it's really a star. Mine's starting to pup at about 15cm across. It's never rotted, scarr... read more


On Aug 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

smaller, flattly oriented, shiny. stiff and spotted- leaved aloe from Somalia.. has simple pale pink flowers most of the year (at least late summer straight through spring). Rapidly becoming one of the most commonly sold aloes at nursery outlet centers... I always see these for sale there... must be easy growers. So far I have had no problems with any- survive in full sun, full shade, heavy water, no water...

This aloe is commonly misidentified as the much larger and much rarer Aloe harlana, a wonderful solitary species with similar spotting and similarly shiny, stiff spiny leaves. Aloe harlana has about a 1'-1.5' diameter (2-3x the size of aloe hemmingii) and is nearly always solitary (aloe hemingii is either solitary or a prolific offsetter). Aloe harlana has large ... read more