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
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
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
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Near Threatened (NT)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Near Threatened
Common names
  • Sanaag Aloe
  • Aloe

Photo Gallery
Uploaded by peettee79
Location: Colorado 
Date: 12/14/2020
Full view of plant. Pot is 8 inches wide, for size reference.
Location: Colorado 
Date: 2021-03-14
Close-up of Mosaic Aloe flowers.
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-08-14
Uploaded by mcvansoest
Uploaded by Hamwild
Location: University of California Botanical Garden.
Date: April
photo by Stan Shebs
Uploaded by mcvansoest
Uploaded by mcvansoest
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2021-09-07

Date: June 6, 2011
Location: UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
Date: 2008-11-06

Date: 2009-08-09
Uploaded by Hamwild

Date: August 9, 2010

Date: August 10, 2010

Date: July 25, 2010
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-02-14
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-02-14
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 7, 2011 8:17 PM concerning plant:
    Aloe hemmingii is a native of Somalia. This aloe grows in a rosette form, has thick, heavily patterned/spotted leaves that have sharp teeth along the leaf margins. If given proper care it blooms off and on most of the year with pretty pink tubular flowers. This Aloe can grow in sun or shade and like other succulents it prefers a well draining potting medium consisting of sand or gravel.
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 9, 2019 2:15 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. From the mountains of northwest Somalia. Closely related to Somali Aloe (Aloe somaliensis), a larger plant which tends to make multi-branched inflorescences (those of hemmingii are simple or 1-2 branched). Described in 1964. Looks better with a little protection in cultivation. May be misidentified as A. harlana, which makes red or yellow flowers.

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

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