This aloe is native to Tanzania, Eastern Africa. Known only from two localities: 6.5 km south of Handeni, Kideleko Rock and from Kwa Mkono. Although quite rare in nature this plant is abundant in cultivation.
In Nature: This plant grows in full sun and partial shade on bare rock slabs on inselbergs. It prefers warm temperatures but can tolerate light, brief freezes.
At the Zoo: This is a smaller aloe that is displayed throughout Predator Ridge. It lives outside from May to October and in the Denver Zoo greenhouse in fall and winter. It can be easily spotted with its bright red leaves.
- Medium sized aloe, 18-24” H x 24-36” W
- Stem-less plant, produces many offsets rather than a single long-lived plant
- Leaves are small, only reaching a length of around 6-10” long and 1-2” wide
- In good light the leaves turn a bright fiery red/orange
- Flowers appear in winter months and are a pretty orange & yellow color, stalks can reach 2 feet or higher