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Aloe tomentosa - Hairy Green Aloe
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: Arabian Peninsula (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe tomentosa (Hairy Green Aloe) - This Aloe forms a single rosette to 2 feet tall by 4 feet wide with pale green leaves. In the late summer appears the tall branched inflorescence bearing unique chartreuse flowers covered in thick wool. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate infrequently - this is a winter dormant aloe but seems to tolerate winter rainfall if planted in a well-drained soil. Although from the warmer and more tropical Arabian Peninsula, this plant has proven hardy in California gardens to temperatures in the mid 20s F - we have not seen any winter damage on our original stock plant that we have had unprotected in our nursery garden since 1997. Our plants came from seed of the ISI plant ( ISI 1383) that originated in mountainous areas of Wadi Dahr, Yemen. Our thanks to Brian Kemble of The Ruth Bancroft Garden for supplying us with the seed of this wonderful and unusual aloe.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe tomentosa.
 
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