Aloe ‘Hercules’



Aloe Hercules is a stunning hybrid of Aloe barberae and Aloe dichotoma, prized for its impressive size and architectural form. This succulent tree can grow over 8 metres tall, featuring a sturdy trunk and thick, fleshy, blue-green leaves in dense rosettes. It produces tall flower spikes with vibrant orange-red flowers, attracting bees and birds.

Ideal for xeriscaping, Aloe Hercules thrives in well-drained soil and full sun, tolerating drought. Perfect for adding dramatic flair to landscapes, this robust hybrid combines the best traits of its parent species, making it a standout choice for garden enthusiasts. It can withstand a few degrees of frost if kept very dry, so could be worth trying outdoors in the mildest of locations with some protection.


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Origin: Hybrid of botanical origin
Genus: Aloe
Species / Cultivar: 'Hercules'
Common Name: Hercules

Plant Biography

Aloe Hercules is a hybrid created from crossing Aloe barberae and Aloe dichotoma. Developed in the late 20th century, this hybrid combines the towering, tree-like form of Aloe barberae with the robust, drought-resistant qualities of Aloe dichotoma. Named for its Herculean size and strength, Aloe Hercules quickly gained popularity in horticulture for its dramatic presence and adaptability to various climates.

Aloe ‘Hercules’
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Soil: Cacti and Succulent Mix
Enjoys a drier soil with a high ratio of drainage material.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Minimal Watering
In summer water sparingly when soil has dried out significantly. Little to no water in winter.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Aloe Hercules thrives as a potted plant when provided with the right conditions. Choose a large, sturdy pot with excellent drainage to accommodate its robust root system and potential growth up to 3+ metres. Use a well-draining cactus or succulent mix, and place the pot in full sun to ensure optimal growth. Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings, and reduce watering in winter.

Fertilise with a balanced, diluted succulent fertiliser during the growing season. Prune dead leaves to maintain its appearance and prevent disease. With proper care, Aloe Hercules will be a striking, low-maintenance addition to your indoor or outdoor space. If trying outdoors, choose the sunniest spot and plant in a raised bed with sharp drainage. Protect from winter rains but do not enclose in winter


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