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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 fall to mid-winter appear the 1 to 2 foot tall branched 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 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 little plant for a small scale groundcover or as a potted specimen. This species is from 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 stockplant received from Stockton succulent collector Alice Waidhofer.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe ellenbeckii.
 
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