Hairy Green Aloe (Aloe tomentosa) in the Aloes Database

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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
Other: Tomentose (wooly)
Flower Color: Other: Greenish yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Inflorescence Height: To 18 inches
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
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: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jun 8, 2019 10:30 PM

Large, usually solitary Arabian aloe which is grown for its striking flowers, which are tomentose (wooly) and appear on very highly branched (and rebranched) inflorescences. From northern Yemen at altitudes from 2400-3100m. Flowers are yellowish green and covered with dense, wooly fur (thus the name). They appear in late spring and summer. Inflorescences are not tall but may have dozens of branches. Fruit is hairless.

This aloe is reasonably common in cultivation, especially compared to other aloes with fuzzy flowers. Natural hybrids with Aloe vacillans exist. This species is distinct from the Somalian A. molederana, a smaller plant with less rigid leaves and much smaller teeth.

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