• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing clumps reach 1 to 1½ ft. tall, 3½ ft. wide; 3 ft. tall in bloom.
    Key Feature:
    Colorful and Carefree
    Blooms:
    Summer through winter, with peak bloom from fall to mid-winter.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:AL-oh
    Plant type:Cactus/Succulent
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing clumps reach 1 to 1½ ft. tall, 3½ ft. wide; 3 ft. tall in bloom.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer through winter, with peak bloom from fall to mid-winter.
    Flower color:Orange
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsIce Plant (Delosperma); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Yucca (Yucca); Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide lean, loose, sandy or rocky, fast-draining soil. Water regularly during first growing season to establish root system; drought tolerant once established. Water periodically in hot weather for best appearance; avoid excess water during cooler winter months. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring. Fertilize sparingly.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Aloe 'X5' was first released in South Africa in 2012 by De Wet Plant Breeders using the marketing name Porcupine. This remarkable Aloe is the result of a cross of two unnamed, complex hybrid aloes, which occurred within a breeding program started in 1973 by Andy Dewet at his nursery in Linbro Park, Republic of South Africa. From the progeny, this selection, 'X5', was made in 2006 by Andy Dewet and Quinton Bean, chosen for its short, compact form with vigorous growing habit and abundant flowers on strong, upright inflorescens. It was first released in the U.S. by Ball Horticulture in 2014, having received U.S. Plant Patent #23,267 in December, 2012. This Aloe is one of several now sold under the Safari Aloe series, marketed by Star Roses and Plants.