Aloe brevifolia (Short-leaved Aloe) is a succulent with rosettes of gray leaves that build up on each other to form a clump up to 1 foot…
Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping
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)
Can be grown as an annual
Suitable for growing in containers
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
Vista, California(9 reports)
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.
Nice aloe it can grow up very much, it flower in winter and can withstand pretty hard freeze if kept dry
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"
Perhaps you’ve experienced the soothing properties of Aloe vera after sp ending too much time in the sun. Aloe vera , sometimes known by its synonym Aloe barbadensis , is a familiar medicinal plant for many. Its healing qualities com e from a compound in the leaf known as aloin , a natural anti-inflammatory. Yet, Aloe vera is just one of over 600 plants in the genus Aloe, all of which are succulents. A very diverse group of plants whose native range stretches from South Africa and Madagascar to the Arabian Peninsula, aloes range in size from the diminutive Aloe descoingsii from Madagascar, with its tiny, two inch rosettes, to the massive tree-like Aloe barberae from southern Africa. More than 1 60 species a re in our Aloe Garden . Take a look around. Can you start to notic e the shared qualities of aloe, their rosette s of fleshy leaves , spiny or smooth, attached most often without a stem? You may begin to see these plants in your own neighborhood!
Perhaps you have seen th e helicopter flight of hummingbirds in the winter as they flit from one aloe flower to the next. T heir long bill seems to be a perfect fit for the plant’s slender, tubular flowers. Yet, i t is merely a happy accident that aloe flowers and hummingbirds are so well suited for one another, since they did not evolve together ! Hummingbirds live only in the Americas , while aloes are generally from Africa. In their native African ecosystems, aloe flower s are pollinated by a kind of bird known as a sunbird , who has a similarly long , slender bill . A s humans travel around the world, introducing new species, we are also creating new ecosystem interactions .
January through March finds Lotusland’s Aloe Garden filled with spectacular red, yellow or orange flowers, accompanied by the metallic song of hummingbirds. This Aloe ferox is native to South Africa. Most plant’s flowering is triggered by day length and season. The majority of aloes, especially from southern Africa, flower during their winter/early spring (May-September) which corresponds to the cooler dry season. It is the shorter days of winter that typically cause the plants to flower, in the northern and southern hemisphere. Located near the aviary there is an unusual white flowered form of A. ferox.
This shallow kidney-shaped pool, dates from when Erastus and Marie Gavit owned the property (1915 – 1939), and is one of Lotusland’s most recognizable features. Madame Walska converted it into a white-bottomed “abalone shell pond” with two large cascading fountains of giant clam shells. As you walk the aloe garden, look for surprises of coral embedded among the lava rocks, and enjoy the wonderful iridescence of the abalone shells.
The largest of all the aloes, Aloe barberae is truly treelike in proportion. Not only does it branch repeatedly to form a rounded crown to 45 feet in height, its large trunk eventually forms a massive, bulging base that can be many feet in diameter just above the soil surface,
Notable species: Aloe barberae , A. dichotoma , A. plicatilis , and A. ramosissima . Large specimens of the gru-gru palm ( Acrocomia aculeata ) and a ponytail palm ( Beaucarnea stricta ).
Self-guided tours are at 9:15, 9:30 and 9:45 AM and 1:15, 1:30 and 1:45 PM. Reservation times are available Wed. – Sat. through Dec. 23. Lotusland will be closed January 4 – 14. All visits require a reservation.
We go nuts for succulents with contrasting colors! This beautiful Aloe cultivar has orange spikes that perfectly compliment its pale blue leaves. Excuse us while we go buy one (or ten).
This Aloe loves full sun and high temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees. Strong, bright light will make its colors even more vibrant.
It flowers throughout the spring and summer and produces pretty orange blooms. You’ll also be glad to know that it sprouts lots of offsets. You can use them to grow brand new Blue Sky plants that you can fill your garden with!