Aloe 'Blue Elf'


Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Elf
Additional cultivar information:(aka California, Blue Boy)
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Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Granite Hills, California

Harbison Canyon, California

Hayward, California

Highgrove, California

Irvine, California

Los Angeles, California

North Hollywood, California

Rancho San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Spring Valley, California

Tarzana, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Deltona, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Las Vegas, Nevada

Hillsboro, Oregon

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Andrews, Texas

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Dallas, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Mission, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 28, 2021, leeschu from North Hollywood, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This aloe seems to stay low to the ground in my yard and plays nicely with larger aloes. The blue color fades in brighter harsher conditions and doesn't like to be soggy. I'm in southern California, zip 91605 with sandy soil. This aloe hasn't been bothered by light frosts that we sometimes get and weathers hot spells with no problems.


On Feb 18, 2020, 2QandLearn from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have experience with another Aloe whose officially accepted name is VERY close to a common name of this Aloe. . . . "Aloe California" is MUCH larger than "Aloe Blue Elf" (AKA: 'California Aloe') : [[email protected]]


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.


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!


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.