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Plant Guide

Aloe plicatilis

Common Name
Fan Aloe
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Succulent
Size
4' - 6' High and Wide
Flower Color
Red
Bloom Time
  • Summer
Leaves
Gray-green
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Hummingbirds
Growth Rate
Slow
Hardiness
Semi-hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Showy Flowers
  • Specimen
  • Unusual Shape
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
Soil pH
5.5-6.4 (acid)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Rocky
Drainage
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This plant starts out as a shrubby plant.  The leaves are arranged in a fan shape rather than a rosette.  It is a slow grower but eventually becomes a tree with a hardened trunk.  It is a bit cold tender and will be damaged in prolonged temperatures below 25 degrees.

Master Gardener Comments

This aloe has a striking silhouette.  It should be planted where it’s protected from the hottest afternoon sun.  It does well enough in most of the bay area to grow in spite of it’s being a little cold tender.

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