Aloe Species

Aloe sinkatana

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: sinkatana (sink-uh-TAWN-uh) (Info)
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Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:



6-12 in. (15-30 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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Pale Green

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

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)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Apache Junction, Arizona

Carefree, Arizona

Chandler, Arizona (2 reports)

Chandler Heights, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Scottsdale, Arizona

Mission Viejo, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California

Metairie, Louisiana

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

Central Phoenix -- A reliable bloomer in my garden in April and May. Aloe sinkatana has been growing in the ground in my garden since the early 1990s and has formed a patch about a foot and a half square. I have to remove plants each year to keep it confined to that area. It is in partial shade, but with afternoon sun making it a hard spot in summer. It is under a tall fabric cold frame in winter, but seems to be frost hardy.


On Jul 26, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b coastal Otago, New Zealand

I bought two seedlings of this species, both making it through last winter without undue stress or bother. However, in this colder than average winter of 09 the larger has succumbed to basal rot and kicked the bucket. I suspect the rot set in during late summer, since it had failed to thrive since then when I think about it, so my heavy hand with the watering can might be to blame rather than the cold. The smaller one's new leaves are a little cold-bitten, tho', so hmm who knows?
Attractive enough aloe, profusely spotty, low set rosette, small red tipped spines, and as previously mentioned, the mother of numerous domestic hybrids. I just cant get excited about it, however- not certain why!
So perhaps watch the water on thi... read more


On Dec 5, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

Compact plant with short flower stem. Branches below base from root. Growth habit is clustering clump. Brightens nooks and dark corners. Fairly quick from small seedling to flowering plant.



On Jan 31, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a rather prolific suckerer with the plant looking a bit like a small Aloe vera only with white spots and small spines along the leaf margins. The flowers are quite different, though, coming out in mid winter (at least here in So Cal) and on simple (sometimes branched) stalks topped with a whorl of yellow-green, dangling flowers. This is a Sudan, Africa native.

Must be a good flowerer and reproducer as hybrids with this species are flooding the aloe market, and are all over the botanical gardens.