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
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Inflorescence Height: Up to 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.
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Mountain Aloe
  • Snake Aloe
  • Aloe

Photo Gallery

Starting to settle after a repot
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-06-02
Bright stress colors at the end of spring
Location: Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-04-28
Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-02-10
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-09-20
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-11-16
8 months into the dry season

Date: 2020-12-23
Photo by peettee79
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-06-29
A couple months into the summer drought

Date: 2020-09-27

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 17, 2019 4:06 PM concerning plant:
    Short-stemmed, mostly solitary green to brown aloe from South Africa and Lesotho. Medium size (2-3 feet wide). Rosette may be open and green or closed and brownish, depending on drought stress. In seasonally dry climates like ours (with dry summers) the plant bears a clenched, brown affect during the dry season, opening and greening up within days after the first rain.

    This aloe is noteworthy for its unbranched, tall, densely flowered, spike-like inflorescence where flower perianths are completely hidden by bracts (except on var. tarkaensis, whose bracts are about half as long as the perianth). The greenish color of the inflorescence is due to the bracts, while the orange and yellow highlights are due to exserted filaments and anthers.

    Heat and drought tolerant. Leaf tips are well armed.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Mountain Aloe (Aloe broomii) by valleylynn Jun 4, 2021 9:29 AM 2
Aloe broomii verses Aloe marlothii by succulentlife Apr 4, 2022 10:32 AM 1

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