Also Known As: Mt. Elgon Aloe
Category: Red Aloes
USDA Hardiness Zones: 9b - 11
OverviewAloe elgonica is beautiful Aloe from the Trans-Nzoia District of Kenya. It is a clump-forming plant to 2-3 feet tall with 1 foot wide rosettes of thick tight medium-green glossy leaves that are recurved and blushed with a pink color when first emerging and have large broad teeth along the margins.
DescriptionAloe elgonica is very attractive and architecturally interesting with rosettes up to 1 to almost 2 feet across. It's a suckering aloe that can either be a low growing plant if kept totally devoid of water, or grow up to 3 4 feet tall if given some protection and water. The stems branch from the base, often forming large, dense clumps. Leaves are recurved and blushed with a pink color when first emerging and have large, prominent, broad teeth along the margins.
FloweringIn late spring through mid-summer appear bright red flowers in upright spikes on the a simple or branching inflorescence up to 3 feet tall.
Origin / HistoryThis beautiful high altitude Kenyan Aloe has a limited distribution along the Southern and Eastern slopes of Mount Elgon which is Africa’s oldest and largest volcano that is crossed by the Uganda and Kenya border.
Care / CultivationPlant Aloe elgonica in full sun for best foliage color to light shade, in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. It is drought tolerant once it's established. It is a pretty hardy and easy to grow plant, but a pretty sharp one, so handle with care.
Frost TendernessHardy to around 25F, although foliage can be damaged at this temperature if duration is prolonged.
Use in the GardenThis is a great landscape aloe with beautiful, red foliage and flower color that will form large masses in the landscape - stays low to the ground if grown without irrigation but can bulk up to 3 feet or a bit more if watered regularly.
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