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Aloe ellenbeckii
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Africa, East (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Synonyms: [A. dumetorum]
Height: <1 foot
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe ellenbeckii - A small low-growing aloe that forms short clumps with many open rosettes of narrow but thick 9-inch-long dark green leaves that have small white spots on upper and lower surfaces and tiny teeth along the margins. New leaves emerge nearly vertically and then arch over gracefully. In summer, fall to mid-winter or in spring appear the 1 to 2 foot tall few branched or unbranched inflorescence of interesting orange-red flowers that have a round swollen base and green tips in bud that open to yellow from the bottom of the inflorescence up. Plant in full sun to light shade (blooms well for us even in shade) in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally - some say this species is easy to rot though we have not noted this. Though from a warmer climate this plant seems fairly hardy - we had a large older specimen of this species remain undamaged growing outdoors unprotected during the cold spell we had in January 2007 when temperatures dropped to 25 F several nights in a row. A nice smaller aloe for a small scale groundcover or as a potted specimen. We used to classify this plant as a fall to winter bloomer but have extended this to also spring and summer the plant pictured on this page is one that flowered in November but the 2nd image is of one that is flowing in August. It is one of the aloes that Ruth Bancroft Garden curator Brian Kemble lumps into the "I'll flower when I feel like it" aloe types because it is unpredictable when it will flower. We particularly like this plant as it can flower well in shady locations. This species is from the border areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, where it grows in sandy soils in deciduous bushlands. The specific epithet honors D. H. Ellenbeck, a Germna physician who collected plants during the Baron von Erlanger's expedition to East Africa in 1900-01. Our plants from a stock plant received from Stockton succulent collector Alice Waidhofer. 

Information about Aloe ellenbeckii displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.

 
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