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Aloe globuligemma

Also Known As: Globular Bud Aloe

Category: Single Head Stemless Aloes

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9b - 11


Aloe globuligemma is a solitary, stemless Aloe native from Zimbabwe and Botswana to the Northern Province of South Africa with a dense, usually stemless, rosettes of bluish leaves and large, showy blooms of rose and cream colored flowers. It is a medium sized plant about 18 - 24 inches tall.


An aloe that is stemless or has creeping horizontal stems with 2-3 foot tall rosettes of erect leaves that arch outward near the tips. The blue-green leaves are smooth, have white edges and are arranged in basal rosettes are often pink-tinged in dry conditions. The plant usually suckers freely to form a large, dense clump. Moderately sized deltoid white teeth along the edges are firm but harmless. Leaves are flexible and take some bending before snapping.


Aloe globuligemma flowers in mid to late winter. It's wide branched and generally has 1 to 2 inflorescence with nearly horizontal stems of roundish red buds angled upward from the stem that open to a rosy pink and white. Rather fast grower, Aloe globuligemma will often flower 2-3 years from germination. Flower buds are perfect teardrop affairs very symmetrically arranged along the branch surfaces.

Origin / History

It comes from the warm low bush-veld in Mpumalanga in northern South Africa through Limpopo into Zimbabwe. The specific epithet 'globuligemma' is latin for 'globular bud, in reference to the shape of the bud. The Africaans name Knoppiesaalwyn has a similar meaning.

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Care / Cultivation

Plant in full sun and irrigate regularly to occasionally in warm weather. Easily grown in warm temperate and tropical climates in USDA Zones 9 to 11. Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart.

Frost Tenderness

Listed as suffering from leaf damage when temperatures drop into the mid 20's F.

Use in the Garden

The interesting flowers and attractive foliage of Aloe globuligemma combined with it's size at maturity make this plant a good choice for placement in borders or in the mid-ground of a garden.

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