Dhofar Aloe (Aloe dhufarensis) 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 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Inflorescence Height: 3 feet
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
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 Jun 6, 2019 11:20 AM

Attractive solitary aloe with essentially toothless, glaucous gray or blue-green leaves that have some spots only when young. It tolerates heat, sun, drought, and some cold, but not shade, in cultivation. Flowers are pink to red and powder-dusted, with greenish white mouths, appearing in spring or early summer (occasionally in other seasons). The inflorescence may be unbranched but usually has 2 branches from below the middle. Racemes are relatively tall and sublaxly flowered.

From the Dhofar Province of Oman, into eastern Yemen, at altitudes from sea level to 3300 feet. This area receives less than 6 inches of rain a year. Yemeni plants may be greener and less glaucous. This species was described by Lavranos in 1967, the first aloe to be described from Oman. It occurs with the frankincense tree Boswellia sacra. Its exudate was used medicinally, fresh or dried, or used cosmetically for its orange-yellow color.

This species is said to be related to the suckering Yemeni A. mahraensis, which is smaller and spreads by rhizomes; the Yemeni A. mccoyi, which has open rosettes with spreading leaves and decumbent stems; and the Somalian A. breviscapa.

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