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Aloe Species, Prickly Aloe

Aloe aculeata

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: aculeata (ah-kew-lee-AY-tuh) (Info)


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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:

Scarlet (dark red)

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Apache Junction, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Cambria, California

Carlsbad, California

Los Angeles, California

Martinez, California

Mission Viejo, California

Reseda, California

San Leandro, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California(18 reports)

Alice, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

This species is decently tolerant of the desert conditions in and around Phoenix. It flowers reliably, is hardy to at least 19F and tolerates good morning sun without showing scorch. A nice alternative to Aloe vera.


On Mar 13, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

Plant is distinguished in that it is the only known aloe whose sharp surface thorns (when present) spring from tuberculate white base bumps.

When given ample light and grown hard, the bumps suggest the notion of "goose bumps".



On Feb 5, 2006, RWhiz from Spring Valley, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant grows well in full sun in Southern California. It is easily rooted in potting soil with warmth.


On Jan 23, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Distinctive aloe in having numerous very sharp spines on ALL surfaces of leaves. These warty spines have a white base, which is very unusual in the aloe world (though not unique). This characterisitic is probably the easiest to use, however, if one is unsure what species one has. The spininess is variable, and many older plant populations have no more spines.

Plants themselves are rosettes of flattish leaves that arch upward like a bowl, though as plants age, plants tend to fall over a bit and lose this semicircular sillohuette. Leaves can vary from deep forest green to turquoise, or colorful reds and oranges in low water, cold sitations. Plants definitely need a lot of sunlight and though shaded plants develop a deep, bright green coloration, this is not normal and t... read more