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Products > Aloe scobinifolia
Aloe scobinifolia - Somalian Aloe
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
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.  This information about Aloe scobinifolia displayed is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We will also note observations that we have made about it as it grows in the gardens in our nursery and those elsewhere, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.