Aloe
Aloe 'Blue Elf'

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Elf
Additional cultivar information:(aka California, Blue Boy)
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Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Orange

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Succulent

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Carefree, Arizona

Green Valley, Arizona

Huachuca City, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Aliso Viejo, California

Davis, California

El Cajon, California

El Macero, California

Hayward, California

Highgrove, California

Irvine, California

Los Angeles, California

San Leandro, California

Spring Valley, California

Tarzana, California

Vista, California

Deltona, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Andrews, Texas

Austin, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Mission, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 23, 2012, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Oh yeah,this is a GOOD Aloe. I bought mine as a tiny 2" potted plant last year..and in that same pot has tripled in size,and developed a nice soft purple-blue color. And it has had to endure one 32f with a few other frosts over the year..no problems.

It may be common in soucal,in norcal?,Its not seen much outdoors. Yes,in the home improvement stores..but not planted in front yards

I think Aloe's are still unknown to most of the SF bay area..Aloe vera excluded.

Positive

On Jul 6, 2010, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Surprisingly tolerant of the conditions of Phoenix and the surrounding 'burbs. Used often in city landscaping lately. It'll take full sun, average to low watering and flowers heavily every spring. I even see plants around town or on the freeways and roads with a random, out of season bloom usually every month. Good plant!

Neutral

On Dec 26, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very commonly sold aloe, and one can often find them at garden outlet nurseries. It is a relatively fast growing and profusely offsetting species with narrow, prominently toothed (but not too sharp) blue-green leaves and red flowers in winter. Does great in all situations here in So Cal- low light and full sun. And is tolerant of moving back and forth between the two. ONe of the easiest aloes to grow... no idea what it's a cross between.

Seen sold in California as 'California Aloe' too.