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Aloe labworana

Also Known As: Labwor Hills Aloe

Category: Small to Medium Clumping Aloes

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9b - 11


A large but stemless, clustering Aloe from Uganda that forms compact rosettes that have 20 to 30 inch long by 4 inch wide leaves that give rise to rather large, branched inflorescences with mostly bright yellow flowers. Aloe labworana is particularly nice when grown hard, which adds a reddish brown color to it's leaves and makes a great foil to it's yellow flowers.


The leaves of Aloe labworana are often spotted on both surfaces and in general a pleasing blue-green to gray color. The leaves of the Labwor Hills Aloe have tiny reddish brown teeth along the margins. Aloe labworana is usually solitary and stemless. The plant's attractive rosettes are spreading, recurved, about 4 feet in diameter and 3 feet tall.


Aloe labworana puts up a spectacular, yellow flower in late autumn to winter on multibranched inflorescences. Rare Ugandan species with branching racemes ending in delicate, small, yellow flowers coming off laterally but pointing upright.

Origin / History

Aloe labworana occurs in the Karamoja Mountains in Uganda and up into the Imatong Mountains in southern Sudan where it grows on rocky outcrops which because of rock quarrying has makes this species near threated. The plant's name comes from it's endemic range in the Labwor Hills of western Karamoja, Uganda. In Uganda it is often planted for its ornamental flowers. It is native to rocky outcrops in the mountains of northern Uganda and southern South Sudan between 1300 and 1500 m.

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Care / Cultivation

Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigated occasionally to infrequently.

Frost Tenderness

Cold hardy to around 25° F.

Use in the Garden

The profuse, yellow flower display of Aloe labworana will add a splash of color to a winter garden.

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