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PlantFiles: 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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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics 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 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 Porphyrostachys 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 palmbob 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.


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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