Aloe kedongensis

Kenyan aloe
This aloe creates a large upright clump over time, with unbranched salmon-orange flowers appearing in winter/spring.
height 6–8ft
width 4–5ft
tolerates Cool Summers, Drought, Fog, Heat, Pots, Rooftops, Neglect, Wind
Aloes thrive on neglect, making them one of the easiest garden plants for California. They are drought-tolerant this one can survive with very little water once established in your garden. Most aloes will be plump with many bright vibrant blue or green leaves during their growth season. It’s natural for these same plants to show stress during their dry season, often turning shades of red, orange or brown, giving added seasonal interest to the succulent garden. During this time the leaves will curl in on themselves, and often shrivel up and shed from the base. If you prefer a lush look, watering once dry will keep them plump.
exposure Full Sun – Part Shade
fertilizing All Purpose 1/2 Strength, Low Needs
origin Kenya

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.

Growing Notes

This aloe will retain the dried lower leaves to create an armed ‘beard’ or ‘skirt’ that helps defend the plant from predation. If you prefer, this beard may be removed by briskly rubbing off the old leaves. This is an aesthetic consideration that won’t affect the plant either way. Leaving the dead lower leaves from the beginning can create a picturesque natural look.
Once the flower stalks are completely bloomed out and dry, they will come out with a light tug, or can be pruned off low in the crown.

Special Interest

Hummingbirds love aloes, many of which are pollinated by birds in their native habitat.

This aloe is easily propagated from stem cuttings. Just let them dry for a week and then plant in well-drained soil.