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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: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe brevifolia is a 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 up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide, bearing broadly triangular, thick leaves that have white spines along the margins and a few along the keel of the lower surface. In late spring, orange, tubular flowers are produced on unbranched spikes that rise up to 24 inches (60 cm).

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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 is essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.

These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot Aloes 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 varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.

Aloe plants need strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun, once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C), but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a succulent fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe

Origin

Aloe brevifolia native to South Africa.

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