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Aloe inermis - Toothless Aloe
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: Yemen (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe inermis (Toothless Aloe) A suckering small shrubby aloe that forms clumps to 2 feet tall of open rosettes of long narrow decurving pale olive green leaves on short stems that are smooth to the touch with a deep central channel and toothless margins. In fall into winter appear the 2 to 3 foot foot tall branching inflorescence with salmon red flower buds that are purple green at the tip and open with green stripped cream petal lobes. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little - quite drought tolerant and hardy to around 25 F. This is an attractive and unusual aloe as a garden or pot specimen with no teeth or other sharp pointed appendages. This plant, one of the non-African species, is native to western Yemen where it has a wide distribution between Taizz and Dhala growing on rocky slopes at around 2,500 feet in elevation. It is related to a similar African species Aloe kahinii and to the more common but stemless Aloe fleurentiniorum, also from Yemen. The specific epithet is the Latin word meaning "unarmed" in referece to the toothless leaf margins. Our plants from cuttings off a plant in the garden of Jeff Chemnick that was originally given to him by Dylan Hannon, Curator of the Conservatory at the Huntington Botanical Gardens.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any 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 inermis.
 
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