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Aloe buhrii - Elias Buhr's Aloe
Working on getting this plant back in the field but it is currently not available listing for information only!
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe buhrii (Elias Buhr's Aloe) - A beautiful stemless aloe with 16 inch long, red-margined smooth to minutely toothed leaves that have pale longitudinal striations and mature with a purplish hue that is dotted with white "H" shaped spots. This plant is usually a solitary rosette, but older plants have multiple heads. In spring appear the multi-branched inflorescence with terminal capitate clusters of flowers that vary in color from yellow to orange. Plant in full sun to light shade. This plant prefers winter moisture and overwatering in summer can cause leaf spots or even rotting. It has proven hardy to short duration temperatures to 25 degrees - Jeff Stein (Palm Bob) wrote on Dave's Garden that he found that this aloe was perfectly hardy in his conditions during the January 2007 cold spell, showing no damage at temperatures of 27 F for an extended period, while he noted that hundreds of other aloes were badly damaged. We had 25 F on three successive nights during this same period and also saw no damage to this species. Aloe buhrii comes from a restricted range on hilltops from 3,300 to 5,000 feet in elevation in the Calvinia district of the dry western Karoo in Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It was first described by John Lavranos in 1971, who named it after Elias Buhr, the South African farmer who first collected it. It resembles the closely related Aloe striata but has narrower more upright and thicker leaves that usually are white spotted. It is listed as Endangered in South Africa because of its restricted distribution. We have sold this Aloe since 2006 and have it available occasionally when we can locate pure seed.  This information about Aloe buhrii displayed is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We will also note observations that we have made about it as it grows in the gardens in our nursery and those elsewhere, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.