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Aloe labworana - Labwor Hills Aloe

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Uganda (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe labworana (Labwor Hills Aloe) - A stemless sparsely suckering plant with compact rosettes that have 20 to 30 inch long by 4 inch wide leaves that are first erect then spreading and recurved. The leaves are an attractive blue-green to gray color and often (but not always) with white spots on both surfaces and tiny reddish brown teeth along the margins. In fall appear the yellow flowers held upright in open much branched racemes. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigated occasionally to infrequently. Cold hardy to around 25 F. A very attractive aloe with decorative foliage that is particularly nice when grown hard, which adds a reddish brown color, and makes a great foil to the yellow flowers. This plant occurs in the Karamoja Mountains in Uganda and up into the Imatong Mountains in southern Sudan where it grows on rocky outcrops which because of rock quarrying has makes this species near threated. The specific epithet comes from the name of the type locality in the Labwor Hills of western Karamoja, Uganda. In Uganda it is often planted for its ornamental flowers and commonly called Kikaka (Soga language), Kigagi (Luganda language) Atakarach (Lou language) and Ecucuka (Ngakaramojong language). It is closely related to Aloe schweinfurthii from which it differs in having longer recurved leaves with larger marginal teeth and a more branched and denser raceme of yellow flowers instead of the red flowers of Aloe schweinfurthii. The leaves of Aloe labworana are often spotted as well, which is a trait not shared by Aloe schweinfurthii. Our seed collected near Namakoro, Uganda. Information about this plant from Aloes of Uganda; A Field Guide by Tom Cole and Tom Forrest.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Aloe labworana.