Apparently Aloiampelos ciliaris (Haw.) Klopper & Gideon F.Sm. is now the correct and accepted scientific name for the Climbing Aloe. This name was first published by Ronell Renett Klopper and Gideon Francois Smith in Phytotaxa in 2013.
Aloe ciliaris Haw. was the former name as it was first described by Adrian Hardy Haworth in The Philosophical Magazine in 1825.
This species was discovered by William John Burchell, an authority on South African Aloes, in 1813. He was the son of Matthew Burchell, owner of the Fulham Nursery near London, England.
Apparently, taxonomists have decided that it was time to have a closer look at the Aloe genus. Tree and scrambling Aloes have been reclassified and now tree Aloes are in the newly created Aloidendron and scrambling Aloes are in the new Aloiampelos genus. The document I read was full or taxonomic language that I can’t even understand. A few Aloe species were also renamed and put in the resurrected Kumara genus.
I bought this plant in August 2012 from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi. I sold the mansion and moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013 and brought most of my succulents with me. I didn’t know the name had changed until I was writing this page on December 3, 2017. Not only did the genus of this plant change, but the entire Aloaceae family name was also changed… It depends on what website you are on. Some have changed the genus name but not the family name and visa versa. The family name has changed three times since I started blogging in 2009!
There are several species of climbing Aloe’s, but this one is one is native to the Eastern and Western Cape in South Africa.
Family: Aloaceae/Xanthorrhoeaceae/Asphodelaceae. Take your pick
Origin: South Africa
Zones: 9a-11b (20-50° F)…
Light: Sun to light shade. I kept mine in light shade because full hot sun will burn the leaves (which some collectors seem to like).
Soil: Need fast absorbing and fast draining soil. Potting soil or cactus soil amended with additional grit and perlite is helpful.
Water: They like ample water during the growing season but hardly any during the cooler months.
Flowers: Red flowers may occur any time of the year.
The Climbing Aloe is a pretty neat plant that will grow and keep growing. In the wild, it grows in trees and on fences or samples along the ground. if you grow this plant in pots like I did, you need to provide support. It does not have tendrils like a pea to cling so you will need to tie it to a stake or somehow provide something for it to climb through.
Although the growing zones state 9a-11b and they are cold hardy down to 20 degrees F, I always move my plants inside if the temps get much cooler than 40 especially if there is a chance of frost. I am a bit paranoid when it comes to the “F” word.
I grow all my Aloe in light shade or where they get morning sun and light shade the rest of the day. That, too, depends on the temperature. If it is early summer, a bit more sun is OK after they have adjusted to being outside. Then as it starts heating up, I give them more shade so their leaves won’t burn.
I water potted plants outside as they need it. Potted plants dry out faster so they need water more often. Succulents can survive on less water than “other” plants, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like the same amount during their growing periods in the spring and autumn months. Aloe are summer dormant, which is a little weird, and their growth is also slower during the winter. I usually water my Aloe during the summer by just going over them without soaking them. In the winter, hardly at all.
I overwintered some of my succulents upstairs in my bedroom, on the kitchen windowsill or in the basement. Some of the Aloes seemed to do much better in the basement over winter where it was cooler than upstairs. Their leaves stretched more upstairs and they didn’t when they were in the basement.
All the plants are very happy to see spring come when they can get back outside.
My Climbing Aloe was 20″ tall when the above photo was taken. It grew 15 inches since I bought it in 2012!
I no longer have this plant, but maybe someday I will bring home another one.
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