An easily grown aloe, Aloe brevifolia is a great small-scale groundcover and was one of the first aloes to be successfully cultivated in Europe.
A very robust tight clumping blue species, Aloe brevifolia forms “mounds” or “pillows” in the garden. Excellent drought-tolerant ground cover on rocky clay soils, Aloe brevifolia makes an attractive addition to rock, succulent, and cactus gardens — very useful in xeriscape. Makes a very hardy container plant. Deer resistant.
Aloe brevifolia has blue green leaves with soft white thorns on its leaf margins, and raised white spots, looking like thorns, all over the top and bottom of the leaves. In cooler weather the leaves can take on an attractive pinkish hue.
Aloe brevifolia tolerates salt spray, and can be planted out on oceanfront decks.
Aloe brevifolia blooms in spring with a cheery display of unbranched spikes of bright orange tubular flowers that rise 16 to 24 inches above the leaves. The flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds.
Aloe brevifolia received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit in 2002. This plant has a restricted natural distribution on dry clay soil in mild winter rainfall areas near the coast and up to 500 feet in elevation in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Its natural habitat is critically endangered because of that area’s transformation to agriculture.There is a minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders. All plants shipped bare root. Other sizes may be available for pick up from our growing grounds in Fallbrook, CA. For more information, give us a call at 760-990-4762.
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