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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Aloe somaliensis Accepted
Aloe somaliensis var. marmorata Synonym

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
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: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
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Comments:
Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 9, 2019 2:21 PM

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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