Aloe Species

Aloe ellenbeckii

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: ellenbeckii (el-len-BEK-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Aloe dumetorum


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:

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6-12 in. (15-30 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:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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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:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Apache Junction, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Los Angeles, California

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California(18 reports)

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 18, 2015, Peekle from London,
United Kingdom wrote:

I've had this plant only three years on my kitchen windowsill, so easy to care for and this year three very tall blooms! Magic! And it is spring/early summer (and that's in a coolish climate!). I just need to know when and how to dead-head.... O, and deal with pups, if I have them! The blooms are starting to wither at the bottom of the stem and weep clear fluid - prune now?? Help needed :) ta very much


On Apr 25, 2015, madabouteu from Gadsden, AL wrote:

I have to bring this plant indoors during the winter, but it's worth the trouble - this aloe has colorful leaves, stays small, and is so trouble free that only Aloe vera can match it for ease of care. Very prolific pupper. I have not yet had it bloom for me.


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

Nice little Aloe that handles the desert heat fine and in the ground seems to do ok with basic frosts. The flowers are a bit unreliable and the rabbits love to eat it.


On Dec 26, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

I water this about once a week in well-drained 50% DG/50% pumice organic mix during spring and summer. Once a week during Fall and Winter if it hasn't rained in the last week. Seems to do fine with this schedule. I will hold back watering if it shows no new growth signals.



On Mar 18, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

low growing suckering aloe with short, stiff, thin spotted leaves with tiny teeth along the margins. Leaves tend to grow straight up in the air. I found this a pretty easy aloe to grow in the garden, southern CAlifornia, but somewhat slow. It also is easy to overwater and cause to rot (found out this several times). Eventually grows into a large, ground-cover-like colony.

Information about this plant states it's a summer to fall bloomer, but here in So Cal it seems to bloom only in the winter

How to tell this plant from Aloe amudatensis is unknown to me... similar flowers, similar leaves, similar blooming habits... hmmm. the latter is from Uganda, while this is from Somalia.

Though it is a bit wimpy in cold, my plants all survived the Jan 0... read more