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Aloe morijensis
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: Kenya (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Fall
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe morijensis - Upright shrub with stems suckering from the base and rising vertically 3 feet tall with short plump lime green flat to slightly channeled leaves that turn reddish in full sun and have small white teeth. The stems are topped by a small 4 inch wide rosette with persistent leaves held perpendicularly scattered a foot or more down the stems. Plants in the shade stretch taller and the leaves are narrower. In fall appear the branched inflorescences of red-orange flower buds that open to reveal orange-yellow flowers some note this plant flowering in spring but our clone has consistently flowered in fall. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Hardy to around 25F. An interesting and attractive aloe that like its relatives, the smaller Aloe juvenna and larger Aloe fibrosa, have fibrous sheathing leaf bases. It also somewhat resembles the larger Aloe kedongensis and early research on the shrubby aloes of Kenya indicated that the tetraploid shrub species Aloe kedongensis and Aloe nyeriensis may have evolved from the diploid Aloe morijensis though later research disputes this notion ("A. M. Uleh , L. E. Newton , P. K. Mbuga and G. W. Gatheri "On the Ancestry of the Tetraploid Shrubby Aloes in Kenya" Haseltonia 21 :56-59. 2015). Aloe morijensis comes from the Rift Valley escarpment in south-west Kenya and northern Tanzania where it grows on rocky grassy slopes at around 8,200 feet in elevation. The name morijensis is from the type locality north of Morijo in Narok County, Kenya. Our plants from Santa Barbara cycad grower Jeff Chemnick who got his plant from succulent plantsman Kent Houser of San Diego and thought at that time to be Aloe fibrosa.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe morijensis.
 
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