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Aloe scobinifolia - Somalian Aloe

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: Somalia (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Aloe scobinifolia (Somalian Aloe) - A slow-growing stemless and mostly solitary plant to 2 feet tall by 4 feet wide with open rosettes of sword-shaped rugose pale-green leaves that are smooth along the margins and curve slightly upwards. The flowers appear on once-branched inflorescences with the flowers in dense capitate heads at the tips. Most often described with pale yellow flowers or red flowers, our plants have greenish buds that open to a pale tangerine color in late summer to early fall. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little. Hardiness is not known for this plant that comes from an area that rarely gets very cold. It comes from near Erigavo near the Gulf of Aden in the Sanaag region of Somaliland. Our plants from seed received in 2005 from Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden. The name comes from the Latin words 'scobina' meaning a "rasp" and 'folia' meaning "leaves" in reference to the rough texture of the surface of the leaves that gives this plant its unusual dull gray-green coloration.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and 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 that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate 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 that might aid others in growing Aloe scobinifolia.