Blue Elf Aloe
Blue Elf Aloe
Aloe 'Blue Elf'Item #6408 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
A tough little heat-loving hybrid aloe for small spaces. Narrow upright blue-gray leaves contrast nicely with spikes of orange flowers. This minimal-care succulent thrives in poor soil and is perfect for rock gardens, water-wise borders or containers. Excellent mass planting. Foliage tips may have a reddish tinge in extreme temperatures.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:AL-ohPlant type:Cactus/SucculentDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenAverage landscape size:Reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:Early winter to early spring; intermittently year-round.Flower color:OrangeCompanion PlantsAgave (Agave); Yarrow (Achillea); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum); Sedum (Sedum)
- CareCare InformationThrives in lean, well-drained soil. Best bloom and foliage color in full sun. Water regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; drought tolerant once established. Water periodically in hot weather for best appearance; avoid excess water during cooler months. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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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