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Common Climbing Aloe

Aloiampelos ciliaris

Also known as

Climbing Aloe, Rankaalwyn (Afr.)

Photo by Christiaan Viljoen (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Common Climbing Aloe Overview

Aloiampelos ciliaris is a small, attractive, climbing succulent from the Asphodelaceae family. It is considered easy to cultivate. It is sparsely branched but can climb to over 10m in ideal conditions. This succulent perennial is commonly called Common Climbing Aloe or Climbing Aloe, after its climbing habit and previously classification in the Aloe genus. It was previously known by the name Aloe ciliaris and is sometimes still sold as such. The base can sometimes be multi-stemmed and with age may become a rounded, swollen stem, bearing grey bark. This plant is fast-growing by Aloe standards.

Common problems with Common Climbing Aloe

Generally pest and disease free

    How to harvest Common Climbing Aloe

    Seeds should be allowed to dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested. Seed-heads should be bagged to capture ripening seed.

    How to propagate Common Climbing Aloe


    Branch cuttings can simply be planted in a potting container or directly into the garden.


    Sowing time - Spring/Summer. Sowing depth is 1-2mm; Germination time - Three weeks. Plant out when plants are large enough to handle.

    Special features of Common Climbing Aloe

    Attracts birds

    Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.

    Other uses of Common Climbing Aloe