Aloe 'Doran Black'


Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Doran Black
Additional cultivar information:(aka Dorian Black)


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage

Good Fall Color

Foliage Color:



under 6 in. (15 cm)


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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:

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

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

Apache Junction, Arizona

Chandler Heights, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Bonsall, California

Mission Viejo, California

Reseda, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Woodcrest, California

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

Dallas, Texas

Mukilteo, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 19, 2008, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

This plant's offspring will remain true to its parentage whenever pollinated with another clone of Doran Black. I have a flat of them from the orginal breeder and namer of the plant.

However, while its interbred offspring will show a different set of characteristics contributed from one of the 6 different constituent Aloes hybridized to make the result; all of the results will have unifying characteristics and be recognizable as Doran Black.

This makes it truly a man-created cultivar species!!

Several such hybrids in other succulent and cactus genera are suspected to be cultivated by man, then placed in the locale of its parents, then "discovered" by the person(s) who bred them, then named and described to be given a name that lived on thr... read more


On Sep 14, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is becoming a very commonly sold Aloe at home garden centers and is popular because of its nearly white coloration with green to black spots. It is not a great species for full sun, at least here in So Cal, as it burns badly and looks sad. Flowers multiple times a year simple racemes of red-orange, with yellow. Plants sucker, but are sometimes slow to do so... a stemless, fast-growing hybrid excellent for pots and shady areas in warmer climates. It's a bit marginal for my climate, and probably a true 10a aloe... at least it doesnt do well exposed to the elements in zone 9b.

Sometimes erroneously called Aloe Dorian Black