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PlantFiles: Blue Aloe
Aloe glauca

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: glauca (GLAW-kuh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Porphyrostachys On Aug 30, 2009, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Probably thrives better in the winter rainfall areas of California, but seems to have no real trouble with our bimodal rain in the Arizona desert. Tolerates heat, frost, some morning sun and flowers reliably every year. Nice plant.

Positive ffeeddee On Feb 19, 2009, ffeeddee wrote:

Nice aloe it can grow up very much, it flower in winter and can withstand pretty hard freeze if kept dry

Positive palmbob On Oct 13, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Seems to flower most of the year. However main flowering time is mid winter. Flowers are single racemes topped with reddish to orange flower. Usually the top of the flower remains a ball until near the end of flowering. Lowest parts droop, then fall off and upper flower parts, that were upright, then start to droop- this continues until ball opens up at top and then flower is done. Flowering part of raceme only 6" long.

Very variable species with some forming small colonies of plants 8" or so in diameter, while others are solitary, eventually stem-forming, toothy plants of pale blue to deep blue-green and diameters up to 16". Flowers of the larger forms usually orange and tall (3') while colony forming plants have inflorescences usually under 10"


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Apache Junction, Arizona
Clayton, California
Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California
Metairie, Louisiana

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