High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Tiger Tooth Aloe foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8
An interesting variety with heavily toothed reddish-purple leaves with white spots; does not bloom regularily, but when it does, it produces orange-red flowers in mid to late summer; a wonderful garden or container accent
Tiger Tooth Aloe's attractive succulent sword-like leaves emerge green in spring, turning plum purple in color with distinctive white spots and tinges of coppery-bronze the rest of the year. It features dainty racemes of orange tubular flowers with red overtones rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Tiger Tooth Aloe is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Tiger Tooth Aloe is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Tiger Tooth Aloe will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.
Tiger Tooth Aloe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.