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Products > Aloe pseudorubroviolacea
Aloe pseudorubroviolacea - 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: Spring/Summer
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 pseudorubroviolacea (Arabian Aloe) A beautiful plant with 2 foot wide rosettes of thick, blue-green leaves that emerge from heavy stems and 3 to four foot tall inflorescences of orange-red flowers late winter into spring. Over time the stems elongate with a few shoots emerging at their base, forming open sprawling clumps to 12 feet wide by 3 feet tall - if planted on a slope will tend to spread downhill. In winter, the foliage takes on pink tones much like Aloe rubroviolacea, whose specific epithet 'rubraviolacea' means "red-violet" but this species differs in having larger rosettes that produce fewer offsets and more heavily branched inflorescences that appear later. A. rubroviolacea, often with an unbranched or once-branched inflorescence, begins flowering in late fall and continues into winter. This species, usually with a many-branched inflorescence, starts flowering in late winter and continues into early spring in habitat but growers in California find it to bloom even later, often into summer. Both species have 1 inch long waxy orange-red flowers but for this species the flowers are more dramatically compressed downward along the inflorescence branch. This plant is also closely related to Aloe porphyrostachys. 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. We have not tested this plant to colder temperatures but it is reportedly hardy down to 25 F. Protect from snails which can disfigure the attractive leaves. This aloe is restricted to high mountains and cliff faces between 6000 to 7000 feet in elevation that overlook the coastal plain of the Red Sea in the provinces of Hijaz and Asir of Saudi Arabia from near the border with Yemen to north of Yanbu al-Bahr. It was first described by John Lavranos & I.S. (Sheila) Collenette in 2000 in the Cactus and Succulent Society of America Journal 72(1) and is described in "Aloes: The Definitive Guide" (Kew Publishing, 2011) as "undoubtedly the most spectacular of Arabian aloes". Our plants originally from Tim Gregory.  The information about Aloe pseudorubroviolacea displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.