Aloe brevifolia Mill.
Short-leaved Aloe, Crocodile Plant, Blue Aloe
Aloe brevifolia var. brevifolia, Aloe postgenita, Aloe prolifera, Aloe brevioribus
Aloe brevifolia is a succulent plant that forms up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall clumps of rosettes of thick, broadly triangular leaves. The rosettes grow up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are gray-green with white spines along the margins and a few along the keel of the lower surface. Flowers are orange, tubular, and appear on unbranched spikes that rise to 24 inches (60 cm) in late spring.
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, Aloe must never be 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. However, in the spring, repot Aloes 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 divide the root ball carefully. 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.
This species is native to South Africa.
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