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Aloe macroclada

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Aloe macroclada - A robust stemless and solitary plant with rosettes of many 2 to 3 foot long fleshy lanceolate green leaves that are held in a mostly upright fashion and flush a red-orange color, particularly along the margins, when drought stressed. Though we have yet to see it bloom, in winter it is known to produce flower well in California with an unusual unbranched vertical dense spikes to 6+ feet tall with sessile reddish orange buds that open first facing the sun with campanulate greenish yellow flowers that have prominent exserted red and orange stamens. It looks to be an interestingly attractive plant, a bit more like a spicate agave than a typical aloe. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and give infrequent irrigation. Aloe macroclada is one of the most widely distributed of the Madagascan aloes, growing through much of southern Madagascar between 2,300 and 5,000 feet on dry grassy mountain slopes that can burn annually. The specific epithet is from the Greek words 'makros', meaning "large" and 'klados' meaning "shoot" in reference to the large size of the plant. Our plants from a distribution in 2008 from the Institute of Aloe studies as Aloe macroclada IAS08-017 2008.  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 macroclada.