February 4, 2023

Aloe or Aloë is a genus of over 500 plants. Aloe ‘Blue Elf’ is a hybrid which is sometimes also called California Aloe or Aloe ‘Blue Boy’. It actually is not Aloe California but sometimes it is sold as.

It is tight clump-forming, dwarf succulent. It is evergreen. Aloe ‘Blue Elf’ has slender rosettes. Leaves are upright and are tooth-edged. It can grow up to 45cm or 18in tall. The leaves sometimes change color if stressed or due to extreme weather. It is part of the Asphodelaceae family of plants.

Aloe ‘Blue Elf’ in Los Angeles, California

Aloe ‘Blue Elf’ produces tall spikes of orange flowers during winter and early spring. It is drought and heat tolerant. If growing indoors provide plenty of light. Outside provide a bit of shade, especially in very hot climates. Plant Aloe ‘Blue Elf’ in well-drained soil. Aloe ‘Blue Elf’ is hardy to 20ºF or -7ºC. It does require watering and can withstand periods of drought. Propagate by seed or offsets, or cuttings. It attracts hummingbirds. Aloe ‘Blue Elf’ is also deer tolerant.

Aloe 'Blue Elf'
Aloe ‘Blue Elf’

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