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Description

Blue elf aloe is a densely clumping cultivar that grows 15-18 in. tall and eventually up to 2 ft. wide. Each plant in the clump produces a 18-24 in. tall flower spike in mid winter with colorful orange-red flowers. Leaves are toothed on the margins, pale blue-green in color and grow tightly together in an upright habit.

The Blue Elf cultivar is an easy to grow flowering succulent for both residential and commercial plantings throughout the Inland Empire. It tolerates full sun, heat, aridity and winter temperatures to 20°F. It is well suited for use in containers, rock gardens and planted in large groupings to achieve a bold planting pattern. Plant in sunny locations on well drained soils and low amounts of supplemental water.

Water Needs

Blue Elf aloe is well adapted to all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains often provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates Blue Elf aloe can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Aloe
Foliage Character: Succulent, Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Dense, Compact, Clumping
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 15 in. - 18 in.
Width: 24 in.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Blue green, Blue gray
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Season: Winter
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Rock gardens, Raised planters, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Container plant, Borders

Maintenance

Prune dead flower heads when needed, usually in early spring. If flower stalks have dried out, they can usually be removed by pulling rather than needing to use a hand pruner (D,S).

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