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Large Short-leaved Aloe
Aloe brevifolia var. depressa
Large Short-leaved Aloe
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Plant Height: 12 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 9
Beautiful large rosettes of short, succulent sea green leaves that are flushed with pink; clumps may be several feet wide; produces erect racemes of tubular orange-red flowers from late fall into winter; a wonderful garden or container accent
Large Short-leaved Aloe's attractive succulent sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in color with showy pink variegation throughout the year on a plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. It features dainty racemes of orange tubular flowers with red overtones rising above the foliage from late fall to late winter.
Large Short-leaved Aloe is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Large Short-leaved Aloe is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Large Short-leaved Aloe will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.
Large Short-leaved Aloe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.
This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.
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