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Aloe dorotheae - Sunset Aloe

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Tanzania (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Aloe harmsii]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe dorotheae (Sunset Aloe) A nicely colored low-growing aloe that suckers to form clumps of rosettes to 20 inches wide on short stems to 10 inches that lie flat to the ground. The stiff shiny leaves are colored greenish yellow to bright orange red often with some white spotting when young and stiff spines along the margins. In mid to late winter a 1 to 2 foot flower spike (usually unbranched) rises above the foliage with dark flower buds that have green at the tips and open to show salmon-orange colored flowers with greenish-yellow tipped petals. Plant in full sun to light shade (color much better in full sun) and water occasionally to very little. There are various reports on hardiness but it seems that this aloe should be listed as hardy no lower than 28F and possibly slightly higher. We have had our plants undamaged by the January 2007 cold spell at temperatures down to 25F but these plants were under a single covering of Agryl frost cloth, which can afford the plants up to 4F of cold protection. These same plants were not damaged unprotected at 29F. Geoff Stein (Palm Bob) reported on Dave's Garden website that his plants were severely damaged by prolonged (5 hours) at around 27F. A very attractive aloe for a rock garden or in a container. Found originally near the south bank of the Pangani River in eastern Tanzania and transferred as a live plant in 1890 to the Royal Botanic Garden in Berlin where it was described by Alwin Berger, who noted that the name honored a Miss Dorthy Westhead of London. This location has since been disturbed by the cultivation of Sisal and no aloes have since been found at this location though this plant was later found in soil pockets at 2,000 to 2,500 feet at Kideliko Rock, also in the Pangani District of Tanzania. This plant is very similar to another Tanzanian species that we grow, Aloe bussei, but it blooms in the summer and fall.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Aloe dorotheae.