THE GENUS ALOE: The species MANY!

SUMMARY BEFORE THE TEXT: Plant the right Aloes outside in containers or in-ground here in Vegas. Consider how to protect them from the hot summer sun and the winter cold. Help feed the hummingbird population. A bit of wildlife each of us can have in our landscape (ok...use feeders, too).

CSSSN has had the following Aloe as "Plants of the Month" in 2015:

  • Aloe brevifolia (Short Leaf Aloe)
  • Aloe 'Doran Black'
  • Aloe Ferox
  • Aloe fleurentiniorum
  • Aloe glauca
  • Aloe harlana
  • Aloe humilis
  • Aloe 'Rooikappie (Little Red Riding Hood)
  • Aloe sinkatana

There are at least 500+ accepted Aloe species (in the genus Aloe). Rather than dedicate additional space to plant lists and repeating information provided by experts, this page provides general notes about Aloes as well as fine links for reference purposes.

  • Aloe (not the hybrids) native habitat: think Morocco, Egypt, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, South Africa, etc. and naturalized in many countries world wide  weather permitting.
  • Aloe hardiness: most are not terribly hardy (take a clue from native origins); some withstand more cold and direct sunlight than others; most would prefer not full Las Vegas summer sun.
  • Aloe plant form: rosette leaf, many have serrated leaf margins of various distinction; grey-green, green, or even yellow-green leaves and markings specific to the species
  • Aloe inflorescence: raceme with pendant flowers, but may also sometimes form an umbel and may sometimes branch rather than remain a  single stem; yellow, orange, pink, or red flowers!
  • Aloe pests: the usual...spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, and aphids AND UNUSUAL: Aloe Mites
  • Aloe in containers or in-ground: well drained, low moisture conditions
Aloe that may do well in the ground in Las Vegas (in at least some shade and with frost protection) This list is adapted for Las Vegas and is from the original list of Brian Kembles at San Marcos Growers.
  • Aloe arborescens (also fairly wet tolerant) [Torch or Candelabra Aloe]
  • Aloe barbadensis miller [Aloe Vera] {added here because of its popular name; it is not in Brian Kembles list}
  • Aloe brevifolia (also wet tolerant) [Short-leaved Aloe] 
  • Aloe distans (also wet tolerant) [Jeweled Aloe]
  • Aloe ferox [many, including Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe, etc.]
  • Aloe glauca (also wet tolerant) [Blue Aloe]
  • Aloe plicatilis (actually enjoys more moisture than most) [Fan Aloe]
  • Aloe saponaria (tolerates winter rain) [Soap Aloe]
  • Aloe sinkatana [sometimes, Sudan Aloe or Red Aloe {but then Red Aloe is also...that's why we don't like common names!}]
  • Aloe striata [Coral Aloe]
  • Aloe striatula [The Hardy Aloe]
  • Aloe succotrina [Fynbos Aloe]
  • Aloe variegata (but really needs good drainage) [Tiger Aloe or Partridge Breast Aloe]
  • Aloe 'Blue Elf' is a hybrid
Reference Groups & Website Links:
  • Facebook Groups
The Aloe Underground
Aloe & Echeveria  & Crassulas & Aeonium
Aloe Growers
  • Website links
San Marcos' Brian Kemble's full list of cold hardy aloe- http://www.smgrowers.com/info/brian_aloe.pdf 
Monrovia catalog of aloe which can be ordered by Star Nursery here in Las Vegas- http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/search/?query=alo
Lists of articles by Geoff Stein on Davesgarden.com . . . can't beat it- https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&es_th=1&ie=UTF-8#q=palmbob%20aloe&es_th=1
  • Links for Former Speaker Kelly Griffin
Kelly Griffin's Succulent Garden - Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xecncSWvfbY