Blue Elf Aloe

Aloe ‘Blue Elf’
Characteristics
Category Desert Accent Plant
Size 2' x 18"
Flower Color Orangey-red
Flower Season Late winter through early spring
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Water occasional, supplemental irrigation during the hot, dry season
Growth Rate
Hardiness 20°F - 25°F
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Description

This tight-clumping, dwarf aloe offers a dense rosette and grows to eighteen inches tall and two feet wide. It is mainly stem-less with narrow, silvery-bluish-gray leaves that grow upright. There are small, sharp teeth along the margins that are reddish-brown in color. The plant explodes with showy spikes of orangey-red blooms in late winter through early spring. This is a long-blooming aloe with lots of vibrant color, and the flowers attract hummingbirds. It also produces many offsets that can be used for propagation. Since this aloe is low-growing and clumping in form, use it in containers and rock gardens or with cacti and succulents. Also use it in bird and hummingbird gardens, in masses with other low-water plants, or along ponds, fountains, or swimming pools. The plant is a hybrid, but the natural form is believed to be native to north Africa in the Canary and Cape Verde Islands.

Maintenance

The plant likes full sun to partial shade, and is drought-resistant, but prefers occasional, supplemental irrigation during the hot, dry season. It is hardy to twenty to twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit and prefers gravelly or sandy, well-draining soil to look its best.
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