Short Leaved Aloe (Aloe brevifolia) in the Aloes Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
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: 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: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 12, 2018 8:53 PM

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.

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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