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Aloe 'Blue Elf' and 'Hedgehog'

Aloe 'Blue Elf' and 'Hedgehog'
'Blue Elf'
Last late-winter flowers of 'Blue Elf'
Aloe 'Blue Elf' and 'Hedgehog'

Common name aloe
Family asphodelaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z9-11)
Flowers red (winter)
Size 12-24"
Light sun
Cultural notes well drained soil, drought-tolerant

Evergreen succulent with blue-green foliage and foxtail spikes of pinkish-red flowers. Attractive to hummingbirds. Probably not quite hardy in our Houston garden, but we planted ours out in our backyard bed nonetheless. I hope that with a bit of protection they will survive. We have two, whose differences aren't yet very apparent: 'Blue Elf', which we bought as a quite established nursery plant, and 'Hedgehog', which came to our house as a potted houseplant, and got stuck in the rock garden when it was past its prime. Hopefully better photos next year!

Half of 'Blue Elf' perished in a January freeze, the other half is blooming in early March
Aloe 'Blue Elf' and 'Hedgehog'
After a few years without blooming, 'Hedgehog' sends up a flowerstalk in early January
I moved a number of divisions from 'Hedgehog' to the new rock garden zone in 2021; by Christmas day, the largest one is blooming nicely

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: Houston rock garden, rock garden zone

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