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Aloe perfoliata

Mitre Aloe, Rubble Aloe

This blue-green succulent spreads out in clusters along the ground as it grows. Its spear-shaped leaves have harmless off-white to yellow “teeth” along the ridges, and bumps along the underside of the leaves.

Although most Aloes bloom in the winter, “Mitre Aloe” has red blooms in the Summer that attract hummingbirds.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) tall

    Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) wide

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by offsets, seeds

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Aloe perfoliata “Mitre Aloe”

Aloe perfoliata “Mitre Aloe” gets its name from the mitre-shape the leaves make when they curve upwards towards the center. The clusters spread outward instead of upwards as it grows.

Depending on where it is grown, “Mitre Aloe” can have many different appearances. When it is stressed in full sun, the leaves can turn red.


“Mitre Aloe” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

Aloe perfoliata “Mitre Aloe” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

Pairs Well With

Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

How to Propagate Aloe perfoliata “Mitre Aloe”

Aloe perfoliata “Mitre Aloe” can be propagated from stem cuttings or seeds, although you may experience the best success with stem cuttings.


“Mitre Aloe” will produce small offsets, sprouting up around the base of the plant. Simply pull these up and allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.


Sow your seeds in a well-draining soil. You can grow Aloe perfoliata seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.

Additional Information

Aloe perfoliata was previously named Aloe mitriformis.

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