• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Heat Loving and Waterwise
    Blooms:
    Early winter to early spring; intermittently year-round.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:AL-oh
    Plant type:Cactus/Succulent
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Average landscape size:Reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Early winter to early spring; intermittently year-round.
    Flower color:Orange
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
    Companion PlantsAgave (Agave); Yarrow (Achillea); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum); Sedum (Sedum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in lean, loose, sandy or rocky, fast-draining soils. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; drought tolerant once established. Avoid excess water during cooler months. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Aloe is derived from the Greek word 'alsos' which means the 'bitter juice from the leaves Blue Elf' is sometimes referred to as California Aloe, and although its parentage and origins are not known, this hybrid is thought to have originated in South Africa. Aloes are naturally found in fast draining, gritty soils, often in the arid and subtropical regions of South Africa. A wide diversity of aloes abound within their native habitat; they freely hybridize, making it difficult to determine hybrid parentage.
    Lore:
    Aloes can withstand periods of drought, by storing moisture in their fleshy leaves, which have a resilient waxy cuticle covering their surface. The genus name Aloe is derived from the Greek word 'alsos' which means the 'bitter juice from the leaves. The flowers of the Blue Elf Aloe are a favorite of hummingbirds.

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