Blue Elf Aloe
Blue Elf Aloe
Aloe 'Blue Elf'Item #6408 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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A tough, heat loving hybrid for small spaces. Narrow, upright, blue-gray leaves contrast nicely with the pale orange flower spikes. This fuss-free succulent thrives in poor soil - perfect for rock gardens, waterwise borders or containers. Excellent for mass plantings. Foliage tips may have a reddish tinge in extreme temperatures. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.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: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 InformationGrows 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- 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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