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Aloiampelos ciliaris

Climbing Aloe

This fast-growing succulent has long, green, pointy leaves. As the stem grows tall, it becomes vine-like and branches out. The edges of the leaves have small white “teeth”. Watch for orange flowers in the spring.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent. Sensitive to over-watering.

  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 8″ (20 cm) wide

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

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by cuttings, offsets, seeds

  • Can be toxic to some animals

  • Summer Dormant

Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Aloiampelos ciliaris "Climbing Aloe"

"Climbing Aloe" has bright orange flowers that attract birds. It is also deer resistant, and an excellent addition to rock and container gardens. When grown indoors, it tends to be smaller and not branch out.


"Climbing Aloe" tends to need a bit less water than other succulents. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

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Where to Plant

Aloiampelos ciliaris "Climbing 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.

"Climbing Aloe" tends to handle shade better than other Aloes, however, it still needs plenty of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere).

How to Propagate Aloiampelos ciliaris "Climbing Aloe"

Aloiampelos ciliaris "Climbing Aloe" is a prolific propagator, growing many offsets. You can also propagate it from stem cuttings and seeds. While you may think that you should be able to propagate "Climbing Aloe" from leaves, this is not generally the case, and you may find your leaves rotting.


To grow “Climbing Aloe” from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.


Aloiampelos ciliaris "Climbing 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 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.

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