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Products > Aloe rubroviolacea
Aloe rubroviolacea - Arabian Aloe
Image of Aloe rubroviolacea
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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. 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. It 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 30F. Protect from snails which can disfigure the attractive leaves.

Aloe rubroviolacea comes from steep and rocky areas above 7,000 feet elevation in the mountains of Yemen and Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Peninsula. The name Aloe comes from ancient Greek name aloe that was derived from the Arabian word 'alloch' that was used to describe the plant or its juice that was used as medicine and this plant's specific epithet 'rubraviolacea' is from the Latin words 'rubrus' meaning "red" and 'violaceus' meaning "violet" in reference to the red-violet color of the stressed and dried foliage. As the name would imply, this species is somewhat similar to the spring flowering Aloe pseudorubroviolacea.

We first received this plant from the late Leo Price at his Westside Nursery in Santa Barbara in the mid 1980s and began selling it in 2005. The second image of this plant on our website courtesy of Santa Barbara landscape designer Pat Brodie. 

This information about Aloe rubroviolacea displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.