Aloe Melanacantha


Aloe Melanacantha grows in rocky or sandy soils, mostly granite-derived, and prefers the arid conditions of Namaqualand and the Richtersveld. It's a slow growing nearly stemless rosette-forming succulent that is usually solitary or with only a few clustered ball-shaped rosettes. Aloe Melanacantha (Black-spined Aloe) is about a foot tall and wide, it narrow 6 to 8 inch long with a triangular rough-textured. Aloe Melanacantha has brownish-green colored leaves that blush red with drought stress and curve upwards and inwards towards the middle of the plant.

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
11 and higher
Flower : 
Red Yellow
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Full Sun
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Speed of Growth: 
Mature Height: 
1 foot
Mature Width: 
1-2 feet
Latin Name: 
Aloe Melanacantha
Common Name: 
Black-Thorn Aloe, Small Mountain Aloe (Eng.); Swartdoringaalywn, Goree (Afr.)

Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


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


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

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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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