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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 6 inches
Plant Spread: 1-2 feet
Leaves: Glaucous
Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Red
Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Fall
Inflorescence Height: 16 inches
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow seeds in sandy soil. Seeds germinate in a few weeks at temperatures between 68 and 75 degrees F. Seedlings need moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Offsets
Other: Stems cut below a node root easily. Cut a stem that has gotten leggy, let it dry out for at least a few hours to form a seal on the cut surface. Place the cutting in rooting medium kept moist, but not wet, until roots form.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Short Leaved Aloe
  • Aloe

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Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-05-20
Location: Baja California
Date: 2022-01-13
Offsets start out distichous
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-05-21
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-05-04
Stress colors
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-01-07
A cutting waiting for some roots
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-06-18
Location: Baja California
Date: 2013-02-04
Location: Baja California
Date: 2011-05-31
Location: Baja California
Date: 2011-11-05
Location: KALAMA WA
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Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: At a local nursery
Location: Summerwinds Nursery Scottsdale Arizona
Date: 2016-01-06

Date: 2017-11-27
Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis 'Variegata' in the backgroun
Location: in my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 2020-08-30
Aloe brevifolia
Location: in my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 2020-08-30
Aloe brevifolia
Location: in my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 2020-08-30
Aloe brevifolia
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2015-11-16
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-02-06
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-06-15
Location: At a local nursery
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-12-04
Offsets by axillary branching just above the base
Location: Summerwinds Nursery Scottsdale Arizona
Date: 2016-01-06
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-03-01
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Date: 2015-06-14
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-06-29
Summer drought stress

Date: 2022-09-06
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: US National Arboretum, Washington D.C.
Date: 2016-07-03
Short-leaved aloe (Aloe brevifolia). Known also as Kleinaalwyn.
Location: NYBG 
Date: June 14 22
Location: Baja California
Date: 2012-06-08
Location: Orto Botanico di Cagliari - Sardinia
Date: 2017-09-10
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28

Date: 2020-06-13

Date: 2020-06-13
Location: US National Arboretum, Washington D.C.
Date: 2016-07-03
Short-leaved aloe (Aloe brevifolia). Known also as Kleinaalwyn.
Location: National Botanical Garden (DC) | November 2022
Date: 2022-11-26

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: US National Arboretum, Washington D.C.
Date: 2015-08-15
Short-leaved aloe (Aloe brevifolia). Known also as Kleinaalwyn.
Location: US National Arboretum, Washington D.C.
Date: 2016-08-28
Short-leaved aloe (Aloe brevifolia). Known also as Kleinaalwyn.
Location: US National Arboretum, Washington D.C.
Date: 2016-07-03
Short-leaved aloe (Aloe brevifolia). Known also as Kleinaalwyn.
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: US National Arboretum, Washington D.C.
Date: 2015-05-24
Short-leaved aloe (Aloe brevifolia). Known also as Kleinaalwyn.
Location: Southern Nevada
Date: 2016-11-13
Aloe brevifolia (crocodile plant)
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Comments:
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 12, 2018 8:53 PM concerning plant:
    Small clumping aloe from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa with glaucous blue/green leaves and reddish flowers on unbranched inflorescences. The leaves usually have a line of spines along their underside. The shape of the rosette will depend on the variety, the exposure, and the care. The rosette may close in on itself in full sun or drought stress, especially in dense clumps. It may be erect or spreading (sometimes less glaucous) in protected locations like a greenhouse setting.

    Two varieties in addition to brevifolia are recognized based on origin and leaf or flower features. Varieties postgenita and depressa have bigger leaves. This plant is from an area with considerable rainfall year round, more in winter. In the garden it is quite drought tolerant, and it enjoys day-long sun in our mild coastal climate. It is quick and easy to start from even rootless offsets.

    Aloe brevifolia is excellent as a groundcover when started with generous spacing to allow for prolific offsetting over time. Flowers appear in late spring. The raceme is not densely flowered.

    Aloe brevifolia is one of the presumed parents of Aloe x nobilis, which is a similar-looking green plant with densely flowered racemes.
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