General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Leaves: Glaucous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Inflorescence Height: Up to 3 feet
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow seeds in sandy soil. Seeds germinate in a few weeks at temperatures between 68 and 75 degrees F. Seedlings need moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Stems cut below a node root easily. Cut a stem that has gotten leggy, let it dry out for at least a few hours to form a seal on the cut surface. Place the cutting in rooting medium kept moist, but not wet, until roots form.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Herero Aloe
  • Otjindombo
  • Aloe
  • Deumekaarkoppie
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Aloe hereroensis
  • Synonym: Aloe hereroensis var. lutea

Photo Gallery
Location: Baja California
Date: 2023-01-02
First flowers on the way
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-08-09
Mid summer posture
Location: Baja California
Date: 2023-03-02
With Aloidendron leaves in the background
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-01-15
Location: Baja California
Date: 2023-03-10
With Aloidendron (same age) in background
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-11-26
Almost 1 year old
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-12-09
Very few spots on upper leaf surfaces. Almost 2 years old (8 inch
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-01-20

Photo by Harald Süpfle
Location: Baja California
Date: 2023-01-18
Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TX
Date: 2020-02-22
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-07-26
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Feb 4, 2019 2:18 PM concerning plant:
    Attractive smallish glaucous aloe, often with pale spots, from arid areas of southern Africa (Namibia, Angola, South Africa). Leaves may be somewhat spreading, erect, or incurved depending on conditions. They may be pale green or blue-green under favorable conditions, or blush brownish colors with sun or drought stress. Spots are concentrated on the undersides of the leaves. Solitary or sparsely offsetting. Flowers appear on branched inflorescences with capitate racemes in fall or winter and are yellow, orange, or red. Bracts have a long, fine, recurved tip. Named for the Herero people. This aloe's closest relatives include A. mzimbana (subcapitate racemes) and A. viridiflora (much larger, with green flowers).
Discussion Threads about this plant
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very cool by robertduval14 Mar 27, 2014 8:25 AM 1

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