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Aloe arborescens 'Spineless' (Toothless Torch Aloe)


Scientific Name

Aloe arborescens 'Spineless'

Common Names

Toothless Torch Aloe

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe


Aloe arborescens 'Spineless' is a large, densely-growing, succulent shrub, up to 5 feet (1.5 cm) tall and equal spread, with branching stems, holding many, up to 18 inches (45 cm) wide rosettes of narrow, recurved, nearly toothless leaves. They are dull yellow-green and blushing an orange-pink when drought-stressed. Coral-red flowers hang tightly on the erect few branched inflorescences that rise up to 2 feet (60 cm) above the foliage in late fall and early winter.

Aloe arborescens 'Spineless' (Toothless Torch Aloe)

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USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Torch Aloe is an easy and rewarding plant to grow and is a popular garden plant in many countries. It enjoys full sun, well-drained, compost-enriched soil and can tolerate moderate frost but is sensitive to severe frost. It is fast-growing and it will tolerate drought and neglect once established. It is grown mainly as an ornamental or as an accent plant but is also an excellent and impenetrable hedge plant.

During the active growth period water plentifully as often as necessary to keep the potting soil thoroughly moist. During the rest period water only enough to prevent the soil from drying out. Apply a standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during the active growth period.

It grows well in normal room temperatures and is tolerant of dry air. To encourage flowering, however, it is best to give the plants a short winter rest at a temperature of no more than 50 °F (10 °C).

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.


Aloe arborescens 'Spineless' is a toothless cultivar of Aloe arborescens.


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