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Products > Aloe elgonica
Aloe elgonica - Mt. Elgon Aloe
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Kenya (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe elgonica (Mt. Elgon Aloe) Attractive clump-forming plant to 2-3 feet tall with 1 foot wide rosettes of thick tight medium-green glossy leaves that are recurved and blushed with a pink color when first emerging and have large broad teeth along the margins. In late spring through mid-summer appear the bright red flowers in upright spikes on the a simple or branching inflorescence. Plant in full sun to light shade (color best in sun) in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Hardy to around 25F, though foliage can be damaged at this temperature if duration is prolonged . This is a great landscape aloe with beautiful foliage and flower color that will form large masses in the landscape - stays low to the ground if grown without irrigation but can bulk up to 3 feet or a bit more if watered regularly. This aloe is native to Kenya where it grows from around 6500 to 7800 feet on Mount Elgon (noted as the largest caldera in the world and rising to nearly 14,000 feet) along the border of Kenya and Uganda.  The information about Aloe elgonica displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.