Aloe vaombe


Aloe vaombe is a Madagascan tree Aloe. This species thrives in full sun, however, it can tolerate light shade. Plants located in the Aloe genus utilize a Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM). These species obtain carbon dioxide at night, photosynthesizing during the daytime with their stoma closed. This allows the plant to greatly reduce water loss. Furthermore, this plant's succulent leaves, stems and the presence of a thick cuticle, has afforded it a time tested ability to withstand VERY dry conditions. For all these reasons, the Aloe vaombe is a fantastic choice for xeriscaping.

The Aloe vaombe is hardy down to approximately 0 degrees fahrenheit (for short periods). If temperatures drop below 0 degrees, this species can become severely damaged. You can help protect your friend by covering her with a blanket or tarp if a cold snap is predicted. Please do not forget to prop up the cover with a stick or pole. If not, you could end up crushing the plant!


Xeriscaping candidate-

a) Incredibly drought tolerant/low maintenance

Plant Details
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Full sun (can tolerate light shade)
Latin Name: 
Aloe vaombe

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Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

New York Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

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Houston, TX Rodeo

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