Sunset AloeAloe dorotheae
|Category||Desert Accent Plant|
|Size||20" x 3'|
|Flower Color||Dark red and greenish-yellow|
|Flower Season||Late winter to early spring|
|Exposure||Full sun to light shade|
|Water||Supplemental water during hot seasons|
|Hardiness||25°F - 28°F|
This low-growing aloe with stiff, shiny leaves grows two to three feet tall and twenty inches wide, producing many offsets. It forms a clump of rosettes or spirals on very short stems that stay low to the ground. Its leaves are yellowish-green to bright orange-red with sharp whitish-gray teeth that grow along the margins. In late winter to early spring, it produces a flower stalk that grows two feet high with dark red flowers and greenish-yellow petals. Use it in rock gardens with other showy aloes and succulents, in containers and raised planters in protected locations, or where a splash of color is needed in a desert gardens. It is native to eastern Africa and Tanzania.
The plant likes full sun to light shade, but its leaf color becomes redder in full sun. Sunset aloe is drought-resistant but prefers supplemental water during hot seasons. It does not like to be over-watered and is hardy to twenty-five to twenty-eight degrees Fahrenheit. The plant tolerates most soil types as long as they are well-draining. This whimsical aloe thrives in hot weather with little maintenance.