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Aloe morijensis

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Kenya (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Winter
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 28F. 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.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe morijensis.