Aloe glauca

Susan Kent, March 2013

 

This stem less "blue" Aloe is larger than the Aloe humilis and Blue Elf, but of the same color. As with many plants, sun conditions can cause the plant to become more green than blue. This is often grown in mass or allowed to clump up to four feet across! Because the individual plant makes a sizeable statement, it is also shown as a single specimen in containers. The bright coral flowers are proportionately larger than that of Blue Elf and Aloe humilis.  The flower show is long lasting, and to some extent "shut down" by the summer heat. This plant is also hardy to 20 degrees, but tip damage can occur. (South Africa) [There are several different forms of what is called a Blue Aloe... even a tree form.]