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Aloe dhufarensis - Dhofar Aloe

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Yemen (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe dhufarensis (Dhofar Aloe) Unusual succulent to 18 inches tall with a solitary stemless 2 to 3 foot wide rosette of erect, slightly incurved very pale gray lance shaped leaves with no teeth along the leaf margin. The reddish flowers, appearing in mid to late spring, are held in conical racemes in a broad open sparingly branched inflorescence. Plant in full all day sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate very little with no additional water fall through spring - loses, when they occur, seem most often to be young plants in too moist conditions in winter. It is surprisingly cold hardy, reported as surviving winter temperatures down to 20F. A unusual plant that is best for hot inland locations but can also grow well in a warm location in coastal gardens. Aloe dhufarensis is thought to be one of the most easterly occurring of the aloes, coming from the deserts of southern Oman west into southeast Yemen on the Saudi Arabian peninsula. It was first described by John Lavranos in the Fall 1967 issue of CSSA's Cactus and Succulent Journal (Vol.39 No.5) from when he visited the Dhufar Coast of Oman in January 1966 and described the habitat as along a limestone plateau near the entrance to Wadi Urzuq (a wadi is a streambed or seasonal watercourse) in the Dhofar Province in Oman. The specific epithet is in reference to this location in the Dhofar Province. It is distinguished from Aloe inermis, also found in the same area by its form and flowers and also because the leaves have orange sap while that of A. inermis is blue-black. This picture used on this page is from a painting of Aloe dhufarensis that was used in 2004 for a 50 Baisa postage stamp in the Wild Flowers in Oman Series for the Sultanate of Oman. Our original stock plants were grown from seed provided to us in 2010 by Brian Kemble, curator of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. This seed resulted from hand-pollinating flowering plants that were in cultivation. Our continued production was from vegetative propagation of select seedlings from this first seed crop but this plant really wants to be somewhere hotter than Santa Barbara, so we are leaving it to others to continue to grow this species. We have selected an interesting open pollinated seedling plant from our seedlings that blushes pink and grows better in our coastal conditions and we plan to eventually introduce this plant as Aloe 'Dhofar Rose' - look for these in 2022 or 2023. 

This information about Aloe dhufarensis 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.