Plant of the Month: Aloe

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February 10, 2022

Aloes are placing succulents from southern and jap Africa that supply a number of the greatest shade for Arizona gardens with their spectacular and long-lasting present of flowers in the course of the winter and early spring. Aloes have quite a few kinds starting from low groundcovers to treelike species. Small clustering kinds work properly in containers and the tree kinds work properly as accents or planted in mass, notably with groundcovers and wildflowers. Their tubular flowers borne on lengthy flowering stalks vary in shade from yellow to coral to intense red-orange and entice hummingbirds to the backyard. The sharp-tipped leaves have pale to reddish-brown enamel alongside the margins. The rosettes don’t die after flowering, and plenty of species of aloe produce offsets that unfold to cowl massive areas.

Aloes have a variety of hardiness, however most species endure some injury to their rosettes and flower stalks a lot beneath 24 levels Fahrenheit. They’re extra engaging in containers which may be moved to offer safety from frost or sunburn. They will take full winter solar and are warmth and drought tolerant, however look higher in the summertime with partial or filtered shade and occasional watering. They’re tolerant of most soils, however require good drainage. They’re very simple to develop and require little upkeep aside from eradicating useless flower stalks and dividing crowded clusters. Though largely pest-free in our space, they are often affected by the aloe mite which causes cancerous development on the flower stalk and leaves. Immediate elimination of the affected plant components will stop the unfold of this drawback.


Aloe barbadensis

Aloe barbadensis (also referred to as Aloe vera), Medicinal Aloe

This 2 foot excessive aloe with gentle inexperienced leaves kinds clusters as much as 6 toes in diameter with sensible yellow flowers within the spring. The sap of medicinal aloe has been used since historical occasions to deal with burns and pores and skin issues. Used as a groundcover beneath desert bushes, this plant gives early spring shade and distinctive texture within the arid backyard. It may also be used as an indoor or out of doors potted specimen.

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Aloe ferox

Aloe ferox, Tree Aloe

Tree aloe can ultimately type a solitary trunk 6 to 10 toes tall with closely toothed, 2 foot lengthy, blue-green leaves. Branching, upright flower stalks bear spectacular orange-red blooms in the course of the winter and early spring. Aloe ferox can be utilized as a placing accent, particularly in a courtyard container, and works properly when planted with Euphorbia rigida or flowering groundcovers.

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Aloe x Blue Elf

Aloe x ‘Blue Elf’, Blue Elf Aloe

Blue Elf aloe is a low-growing, compact aloe hybrid that’s simple to develop whether or not situated within the planters or within the floor. It’s usually touted as one of many best aloes to develop. Blue Elf tolerates mirrored warmth and colder temperatures higher than most aloe’s and might even be planted in full solar. Tall spikes of orange flowers are frequented by hummingbirds in late winter to early spring.



This function is predicated on an idea and textual content initially developed collectively by the Arizona Nursery Association and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) with partial funding from the Arizona Division of Water Sources. Study extra about these and different nice desert vegetation on the Arizona Municipal Water Customers Affiliation Panorama Plants for the Arizona Desert plant database, or see our beforehand featured Plant of the Month blogs.

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