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: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Year Round
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
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: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Common names
  • Somali Aloe
  • Dacar Biyood
  • Somalian Aloe
  • Aloe
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Aloe somaliensis
  • Synonym: Aloe somaliensis var. marmorata

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Uploaded by ketsui73
Uploaded by ketsui73
Uploaded by ketsui73
Location: Baja California
Date: 2024-06-11
Brown is stress color
Location: Baja California
Date: 2014-08-02
Location: Baja California
Date: 2016-12-20
Location: RHS Wisley, UK.
Date: 2022-10-26
Location: RHS Wisley, UK.
Date: 2022-10-26
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-10-30
Location: Baja California
Date: 2014-08-02
Inflorescence on this young plant is not yet multibranched
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-03-12

Date: 2022-09-06
Location: Regional Parks Botanic Garden.
photo by Stan Shebs
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-02-10
Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TX
Date: 2024-06-01
Location: My houseplant.
Date: 2014-06-24
Location: Botanical Garden Berlin
Date: 2017-10-20
Location: RHS Wisley, UK.
Date: 2022-10-26
Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TX
Date: 2024-06-01

Date: 2022-09-06
Location: Berlin Botanical Garden
photo credit: Rüdiger Kratz
Location: Madrid, Spain | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-08
Location: Baja California
Date: 2017-06-23
Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TX
Date: 2024-06-01
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2014-08-05
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 9, 2019 2:21 PM concerning plant:
    Very ornamental mosaic aloe with green leaves (brown with sun/drought) that have lots of small whitish streaks. Pink flowers appear nearly year round. Inflorescences are usually multi-branched, but the same plants may also make unbranched ones as well (see photos). From Somalia. Closely related to Sanaag Aloe (Aloe hemmingii), a smaller plant which tends to make inflorescences with fewer branches (simple or 1-2 branched). Described in 1984, two decades after hemmingii. Looks better with a little protection in cultivation.

    This plant is related to other mostly east African mosaic aloes (djiboutiensis, elegantissima, erensii, harlana, hemmingii, jucunda, mcloughlinii, parvidens, peckii, pirottae, suffulta).

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