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In recent years, the Coral aloe has become the most popular aloe in Inland Empire gardens, including the Chino Basin Demonstration Garden in Montclair. An attractive species that grows as a solitary plant to 1-2 ft. in size. Long, tapered and pale green leaves have distinctive parallel veins and smooth orange margins. Dense clusters of colorful coral to deep orange flowers occur for many weeks during winter and early spring on branched panicles 24-30 in. tall.

Coral aloe is cold tolerant to 24°F, it can be planted in sunny to partial shade garden locations. It can be grown in pots, around rocks, on banks and raised planters where it provides flowering character and attracts hummingbirds.

Water Needs

Coral aloe is well adapted to all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains often provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates Coral aloe can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

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Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Aloe
Foliage Character: Succulent, Evergreen
Habit: Symmetrical, Solitary, Rigid, Compact
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 12 in. - 24 in.
Width: 12 in. - 24 in.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Season: Winter, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Mass planting, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Borders


Prune dead flower heads when needed, usually in early summer. If flower stalks have dried out, they can usually be removed by pulling rather than needing to use a hand pruner (D,S).



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