Aloe speciosa

Aloe speciosa is sometimes called the "tilt head aloe" because the rosette of leaves tends to "tilt" over like an umbrella as the plant grows larger. Large blueish gray leaves are fleshy with softly serrated edges. (In other words, not as claw-like as some agave plants.) The single-stemmed plant with one large leaf cluster cacn grow up to 10 feet tall. Highly drought-tolerant once established. Blooms with a large "cone" of pink flowers, opening to red in the spring and summer.

Growing conditions

Light: Full sun

Hardiness: 25 degrees Fahrenheit

Maintenance considerations

Cut off flower heads after blooming.

Companion plants

Use as a "treelike" specimen in the garden and underplant with lower-growing varieties of highly drought-tolerant succulents, ornamental grasses, and perennials.

Collections: Aloe, Large Succulent Specimen Plants

Type: Unknown Type