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A native plant of Ethiopia, Aloe elegans has silvery-blue foliage which provides a nice contrast to darker colored foliage plants, and is excellent in xeriscape and fire resistant plantings in addition to rock, succulent, cactus gardens and containers. This medium-sized aloe is usually solitary growing with upright fleshy 1-2′ leaves. The leaves of Aloe elegans have teeth on their margins and when the plant is under stress, the leaves turn a nice reddish brown.
This aloe blooms in winter and early spring. The heads of the conical flowers are born on branched stems, and range in color from pale yellow to orange-red. The flowers of Aloe elegans are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
Good drainage is needed wherever Aloe elegans is planted, and the plant can also tolerate light frost.
Names and Synonyms: Aloe abyssinica, Aloe vera var. aethiopica, Aloe schweinfurthii, Aloe percrassa var. saganeitiana, Aloe abyssinica var. peacockii, Aloe aethiopica, Aloe peacockii
Common Names: Medicine Aloe, Barbados Aloe
Size Label: 1 Gallon
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: Very high
Light Requirement: Full sun to light shade inland
Water needs: Very drought tolerant
Maintenance: Remove spent flower stalks as desired.
Uses: Rock, succulent and cactus gardens. Excellent in xeriscape and fire-resistant plantings. Silvery-blue foliage provides a nice contrast to darker colored foliage plants. This plant’s flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. Aloe elegans can be grown in containers too. Requires good drainage wherever it is planted.
Propagation: Collect seeds after flowering. Sow seeds in sandy soil. Seeds will germinate in a few weeks at temperatures between 68 and 75 degrees F. Seedlings need moist but well-drained soil. Replant the rare occasional offset.
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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