Aloe Blue Elf
Also Known As: Blue Elf
Category: Small to Medium Clumping Aloes
USDA Hardiness Zones: 9a - 11
OverviewAloe 'Blue Elf' is a vigorous tight-clumping aloe that grows to 18 inches tall by 2 feet wide with narrow upright gray-blue leaves that contrast well with spikes of orange flowers that appear mostly from early winter to early spring.
DescriptionAloe Blue Elf is tight-clumping, stem-less, dwarf aloe that offers a dense rosette and grows to eighteen inches tall and two feet wide. Narrow leaves are toothed on the margins, pale blue-green in color and grow tightly together in an upright habit. At maturity it can reach 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide. It also produces many offsets that can be used for propagation. Moderate stress from sun and drought bring on a rosy flush. Foliage tips may have a reddish tinge in extreme temperatures.
Flowering'Blue Elf' explodes with showy spikes of orangey-red blooms in late winter through early spring. The tall flower spikes are frequented by hummingbirds in late winter to early spring.
Origin / HistoryThis cultivar is a cross of A. glauca x A. humilis and may have been one of Edward C. Hummel's hybrids.
Care / CultivationPlant in full sun or light shade - even grows well in deep shade where it is a bit greener, more prostrate and does not flower. Aloe Blue Elf is drought-resistant, but prefers occasional, supplemental irrigation during the hot, dry season. Requires porous soil with excellent drainage and ample airflow. Blue Elf tolerates reflected heat and colder temperatures better than most aloe’s
Frost TendernessIt has proven hardy from 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use in the GardenSince Aloe Blue Elf is is low-growing and clumping in form it's an excellent choice for mass plantings, rock gardens, waterwise borders or containers. Also use it in bird and hummingbird gardens, in masses with other low-water plants, or along ponds, fountains, or swimming pools. Hummingbirds and bees love the tubular orange flowers that appear on tall spikes during the spring and summer.
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