Arabian Aloe (Aloe rubroviolacea) in the Aloes Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
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: Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jul 15, 2019 8:02 PM

Suckering aloe with decumbent stems from Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Leaves are glaucous and gray-blue, blue-red or purple, with hooked teeth. Inflorescences are tall and unbranched (or with one branch), with red (occasionally yellow) flowers that have far exserted style and stamens. Similar to A. pseudorubroviolacea but smaller and more prolific, with fewer branches on the inflorescence.

This species is related to 3 other species from Arabia or Eritrea which have similar inflorescences: A. porphyrostachys (stemless), A. pseudorubroviolacea (larger, less prolific), and A. schoelleri (yellow to pinkish orange flowers).

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