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The golden toothed aloe is a small but robust plant that grows 8-12 in. tall and forms mounding colonies that can reach 24-30 in. high and spread 3-4 ft. wide. Short stout leaves are deep green and covered with golden hooked teeth on the margins. Red-orange flowers occur on 6-12 in. tall stalks from late spring through summer.

This hybrid aloe has intense flower color and is well suited to rock gardens, containers and as a feature plant in small spaces. It tolerates temperatures to 20°F, enabling it to be grown throughout the Inland Empire. The clumping character provides a pleasing texture and rosette pattern in garden plantings.

Water Needs

Golden toothed 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 Golden toothed aloe can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer following the flowering cycle.

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: Mounding, Dense, Clumping
Growth Rate: Slow, Moderate
Height: 24 in. - 30 in.
Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Red, Orange
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Aridity, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Rock gardens, Hummingbird plant, Container plant, Borders


Prune dead flower heads when needed. 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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