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Aloe arborescens f. variegata (Variegated Candelabra Aloe)


Scientific Name

Aloe arborescens f. variegata

Common Names

Variegated Candelabra Aloe, Gilded Candelabra


Aloe arborescens 'Variegata'

Scientific Classification

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


Aloe arborescens f. variegata is a succulent shrub with branching stems that hold rosettes of fleshy variegated leaves. It grows up to 10 feet (3 m) tall. Leaves are sword-shaped, toothed, green with cream-colored or yellow bands. Occasionally it produces tubular, red flowers in erect terminal racemes that may appear in winter once the stalk matures.

Aloe arborescens f. variegata (Variegated Candelabra Aloe)

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USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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 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 two weeks during the active growth period.

It grows well in average room temperatures and is tolerant of dry air. However, to encourage flowering, 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 f. variegata is a variegated form of Aloe arborescens.


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