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Aloe brevifolia – Short-leaved Aloe

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Scientific Name

Aloe brevifolia Mill.

Common Names

Short-leaved Aloe, Crocodile Plant, Blue Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe brevifolia var. brevifolia, Aloe postgenita, Aloe prolifera, Aloe brevioribus

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe brevifolia is a rosette-forming succulent with rosettes of gray leaves that build up on each other to form a clump up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall. Each rosette gets to just over 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide, bearing broadly triangular, thick, pale gray leaves that have white spines along the margins and a few along the keel of the lower surface. In the late spring appear spikes of orange tubular flowers in un-branched spikes that rise up to 24 inches (60 cm).

Aloe brevifolia - Short-leaved Aloe

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How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it’s essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering. Prefers warmer temperatures of 70ºF/21ºC to 80ºF/27ºC, but will survive down to 40ºF/4.5ºC. A well-drained potting mix is essential; use a cacti or succulent mix. Feed with a cactus fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant.

Aloe are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot plants in the spring that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles.

During repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball. Some kinds of aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Origin

Native to South Africa.

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