This thick-leaved succulent has white “teeth” along the edges of the leaves. Watch for orange-red flowers in the late spring. Leaves can turn red and yellow-ish in direct sun. “Short-leaved Aloe” is deer resistant.
Full sun to partial shade
Not suited for indoor growing
Typical water needs for a succulent
Plant grows up to 12″ (30 cm) tall
Plant grows up to 12″ (30 cm) wide
Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
Not cold hardy
Propagation by offsets or seeds
Can be toxic to humans and animals
Actively grows in Spring and Fall
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Care and Propagation Information
General Care for Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe”
Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe” is a great succulent for outdoor growers! “Short-leaved Aloe” flowers invite birds and butterflies to your garden.
“Short-leaved Aloe” tends to need a bit less water than other succulents. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Where to Plant
Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.
Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. It is a perfect addition to rock gardens.
Pairs Well With
How to Propagate Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe”
Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe” is a prolific propagator, growing many offsets. While you may think that you should be able to propagate “Short-leaved Aloe” from leaves, this is not the case, and you may find your leaves rotting.
Aloe brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe” will produce small offsets, sprouting up around the base of the plant. Simply pull these up and allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.
If propagating from seed, sow in a well-draining soil in the fall. You can grow Sedum seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light.
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