Aloe ‘Blue Elf’

Beautiful orange bloom in winter through spring attracts hummingbirds. Nice small, clustering blue aloe with long thin leaves. Gets purple tints with sun. Looks great planted in mass.
Aloe 'Blue Elf'Aloe 'Blue Elf'
height 1–2ft
width 1–3ft
tolerates Drought, Heat, Pots, Neglect, Salt, Wind
Aloes thrive on neglect, making them one of the easiest garden plants for California. They are drought-tolerant, and most will not need additional water once established in your garden. Most aloes will be plump with many bright vibrant blue or green leaves during their growth season. It’s natural for these same plants to show stress during their dry season, often turning shades of red, orange or brown, giving added seasonal interest to the succulent garden. During this time the leaves will curl in on themselves, and often shrivel up and shed from the base. If you prefer a lush look, a deep bi-weekly or monthly summer water will keep them plump. Avoid overhead watering in the crown; when water collects there, it may lead to crown rot.
exposure Full Shade – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix
fertilizing All Purpose 1/2 Strength, Low Needs
origin Hybrid
8, 9, 12–23

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Some aloes, such as Aloe barbarae, will naturally shed their lower leaves cleanly, while others, such as Aloe ferox, will retain the dried lower leaves to create an armed ‘beard’ or ‘skirt’ that helps defend the plant from predation. If you prefer, this beard may be removed by briskly rubbing off the old leaves. This is an aesthetic consideration that won’t affect the plant either way. Leaving the dead lower leaves from the beginning can create a picturesque natural look.
Once the flower stalks are completely bloomed out and dry, they will come out with a light tug, or can be pruned off low in the crown.

Special Interest

A. glauca x A. humilis.

Hummingbirds love aloes, many of which are pollinated by birds in their native habitat.

This aloe is easily propagated from stem cuttings. Just let them dry for a week and then plant in well-drained soil.