Blue Elf Aloe
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Plant Height: 18 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 9a
Other Names: Blue Boy Aloe, California Aloe
Beautiful rosettes of succulent, toothed, sword shaped blue-gray leaves, that may flush red at the tips in extreme weather; produces erect racemes of tubular orange flowers in winter or spring; a wonderful garden or container accent
Blue Elf Aloe features dainty racemes of orange tubular flowers rising above the foliage from late winter to early spring. Its succulent sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in color with hints of powder blue throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Blue Elf Aloe is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Blue Elf Aloe is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Blue Elf Aloe will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Blue Elf Aloe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.