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Aloe 'Crosby's Prolific'

Category: Small to Medium Clumping Aloes

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9b - 11


Aloe crosby's prolific is a relatively common and well-loved hybrid miniature, which is an agressive 'clumper', easy to grow whose long, narrow leaves marked with white dots and teeth.


'Crosby's Prolific' forms neat rosette clusters of long, bright green, tapered leaves are covered in translucent “teeth”. When gently stressed by bright sun and drought, the leaves can flush salmon pink. Clusters profusely to form clumps quickly. Some forms have lots of spots and teeth, while others are relatively smooth (smooth type seems much more 'prolific')


'Crosby’s Prolific’ has bright red to orange flowers that attract birds. Flowers seem to be in spring but sometimes appear at other times of the year. Flowers have a tubular shape.

Origin / History

Aloe 'Crosby’s Prolific’ is a hybrid of Aloe nobilis and an Aloe humilis var. echinatum. A lot of mixing goes into the making of this hybrid, which is probably why it's so variable.

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Care / Cultivation

'Crosby's Prolific' tends to need a bit less water than other succulents. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Plant in an area of your garden that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere). While you may think that you should be able to propagate 'Crosby's Prolific' from leaves, this is not the case, and you may find your leaves rotting. Aloe 'Crosby's Prolific' will produce small offsets, sprouting up around the base of the plant. Simply pull these up and allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.

Frost Tenderness

Protect from frost. Aloe 'Crosby's Prolific' is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors.

Use in the Garden

The petite Aloe 'Crosby's Prolific' will bring a fresh touch your garden! It is deer resistant, and an excellent addition to patio, rock and container gardens. This succulent also makes a nice choice for indoor decoration with the red-green leaves.

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