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Products > Aloe rubroviolacea
Aloe rubroviolacea - Arabian Aloe

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Arabian Peninsula (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe rubroviolacea (Arabian Aloe) - A beautiful plant with 2 foot wide rosettes of thick, blue-green leaves that emerge from heavy stems. Over time these stems elongate while new shoots emerge at their base, forming sprawling clumps to 6 feet wide by 3 feet tall. In winter, the foliage takes on pink tones, which is the reason for the specific epithet 'rubraviolacea' meaning "red-violet". Flowering commences in late fall (November) with a spike that is unbranched or only has 1 to 2 branches that are topped with 1 inch long waxy orange-red flowers. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil - in its natural habitat this plant grows pendant or semi-pendant on steep slopes but can tolerate level ground if soil is well draining. The plant is fairly hardy with foliage remaining undamaged down to 20 F and even resprouting from underground stems after colder temperatures but the winter flowers will freeze if temperatures drop much below 32F. Protect from snails which can disfigure the attractive leaves. This aloe comes from steep and rocky areas above 7,000 feet elevation in the mountains of Yemen and Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Peninsula. We first received this plant from the late Leo Price at his Westside Nursery in Santa Barbara and began selling it in 2005. The second image of this plant on our website courtesy of Santa Barbara landscape designer Pat Brodie.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe rubroviolacea.