Aloe verdoorniae has unusual recurving bluish-gray leaves with a red, thorny margin. In bright sun, the leaves of Aloe verdoorniae turn an interesting dark blue/black.
Aloe verdoorniae is an easy-to-grow aloe. It forms stemless rosettes with fleshy, triangular leaves. Sharp brown teeth line the leaf margins. In drought, half of the leaf dies back and becomes twisted, leaving the remaining part almost square in shape.
In winter, this aloe puts on a colorful show with good-sized conical orange-red flower spikes.
Aloe verdoorniae is used among rural South African communities to treat arthritis, skin cancer, burns, eczema, psoriasis, digestive problems, high blood pressure and diabetes. Recent tests show this aloe contains a variety of compounds with confirmed antioxidant capacity and other putative health benefits (such as blood glucose, cholesterol and cortisol lowering properties).
Names and Synonyms: Aloe greatheadii, Aloe greatheadii var. verdoorniae, Aloe greatheadii var. davyana, Aloe daveyana, Aloe mutans, Aloe graciliflora, Aloe barbertoniae, Aloe mutans, Aloe labiaflava, Aloe graciliflora, Aloe barbertoniae, Aloe longibracteata, Aloe davyana var. subolifera, Aloe comosibracteata, Aloe davyana
Common Names: Blue Spotted Aloe, Transvaalaalwyn, Kleinaalwyn, Grasaalwyn
Origin: South Africa
Size Label: 1 Gallon
USDA Zones: Zone 9b, Zone 10a, Zone 10b, Zone 11a
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, but some summer irrigation will keep leaves looking fuller.
Maintenance: Remove spent flower stalks and offsets as desired.
Uses: Good in succulent, cactus and xeriscape gardens. Flowers are very attractive to nectar-loving birds and insects. Does well in containers too.
Propagation: Remove and replant rare offsets. Collect and plant seeds.
Problems: None, but requires good drainage.
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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