Garden Aloes

Aloe conifera is a wonderfully attractive deep turquoise small stemless non-suckering species with t

Aloe conifera

Category: Single Head Stemless Aloes

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9a - 11

Overview

Aloe conifera is a wonderfully attractive deep turquoise small stemless non-suckering species with tight, corn-cob-shaped bright yellow flowers in winter. It is a relatively small to mid-sized aloe from Madagascar which even as a seedling is a splendid sight, with its intense strap-like blue-green leaves, which become red-violet in the sun.

Description

Aloe conifera is a wonderfully attractive deep turquoise small stemless non-suckering species with t
Aloe conifera is almost stemless or with short stem up to 10 cm usually unbranched. Adult plants form dense rosettes with 12-24 leaves. This Aloe has lanceolate-attenuate leaves that become narrower close to the stem while the tips are rounded with a few short teeth. It holds many pale blue leaves that have a pink tinge and are armed with reddish thorns along their margins. Has sparse tubercles on leaves.

Flowering

It has an unbranched highly unusual inflorescences, rarely with l-2 branches that stands well above the leaves, about 50 cm tall appearing in winter. Flowers are bright yellow, fragrant, and densely packed onto a a simple, cylindrical raceme distinctly cone-like in appearance.

Origin / History

Aloe conifera is a wonderfully attractive deep turquoise small stemless non-suckering species with t
Aloe conifera is a species endemic to Madagascar. A. conifera is closely related to A. betsileensis, a larger plant whose flowers are unscented.

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Care / Cultivation

Aloe conifera tolerates shade as well as full sun but is best suited to warm temperate climates. Quite slow growing.

Frost Tenderness

Is quite tolerant of frost, having no problems with temps into the mid 20s in southern California.

Use in the Garden

Great for smaller gardens. Excellent container plant for extreme exposure situations in mild climates. Will grow to no more than about 10-12 inches wide and prosper for years in a pot about that size. Attracts hummingbirds and bees in winter.

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Resources

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