Aloe schelpei

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$6.50

This aloe grows with short stems that crawl across the ground and it also offsets to form large clumps. Individual leaves can reach a foot and a half in length and are blue green in color in lower light conditions but in full sun take on reddish and purplish hues.

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Aloe schelpei

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Aloe schelpei Reynolds
  • Common Names:  
    Shelpe's Aloe
  • Family:  
    Aloeaceae
  • Origin:  
    Aloe schelpei is restricted in its original distribution to the Shewa region in Ethiopia growing in rocky grassland slopes in the mountains at around 7,000 ft
  • Height:  
    1-2'
  • Width:  
    3-5'
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    High Heat Tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Light shade to Full sun
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant
  • Maintenance:  
    Remove spent flower spikes and dried leaves as desired.
  • Uses:  
    This is a nice medium-sizes ground covering Aloe for succulent, cactus, and xeeiscape gardens. It grows on rock outcroppings in its native habitat so it would be excellent in rock gardens as well. Aloe schelpei can be shown off as a container plant as well.
  • Propagation:  
    This Aloe can be grown from seed or from stem cuttings.
  • Problems:  
    Requires good drainage to avoid root and stem rot in winter.
  • Special notes:  
    This aloe grows with short stems that crawl across the ground and it also offsets to form large clumps. Individual leaves can reach a foot and a half in length and are blue green in color in lower light conditions but in full sun take on reddish and purplish hues. The leaf margins have small reddish teeth. Aloe schelpei blooms in November, a bit earlier than many winter-blooming aloes, so its flowers are rarely damaged by frost. It is a beautiful aloe in bloom with many 2 foot spikes of reddish-orange flowers. The flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds. This plant is endangered in its small native distribution due to habitat loss from agriculture.