Sunset Aloe (Aloe dorotheae) in the Aloes Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 8-12 inches
Plant Spread: 24-36 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Red
Yellow
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
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
Offsets
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
Conservation status: Critically Endangered (CR)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
Green blush in full sun from winter rain

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Comments:
Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Nov 16, 2016 1:07 PM

Clumping Tanzanian aloe with glossy light green leaves that can turn bright orange-red to scarlet in full sun or in response to stress. One of the best aloes for red color. Flowers may be red or yellow, with greenish tips when they open. Plant in full sun for best color in mild climates. Very frost sensitive.

This species has absorbed A. harmsii (yellow flowers). It can be distinguished from the Tanzanian A. bussei (pink flowers) based on a few features: the teeth on dorotheae are somewhat harder; the inflorescence is usually simple, not branched; the racemes are shorter; the floral bracts and pedicels are shorter. All 3 species were described by Berger in 1908.

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