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Products > Aloe acutissima var. antanimorensis
Aloe acutissima var. antanimorensis - Dwarf Blue Aloe

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 1 foot
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe acutissima var. antanimorensis (Dwarf Blue Aloe) - A rapid growing groundcover aloe 1 to 2 feet tall with 2 foot long arching stems holding 6 to 10 inch wide open rosettes of narrow pale blue-green recurved leaves that have hints of pink-purple and red and margins bearing red-brown teeth - stress, both drought and cold, seems to bring out the most interesting colors. Like the specie the growth spreads out from the center and with time can form a pretty dense groundcover. The red-orange flowers, appearing in winter, are on unbranched thin spikes that only rise vertically about a foot above the foliage. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Requires little irrigation and colors up better when kept dry. This plant will likely be hardy to 25 to 30F but we have not experienced temperatures below 32F since first growing this plant. An attractive aloe with interesting foliage colors and winter flowers that does well in the ground or in larger pots. This plant grows northwest of Antanimora in the Toliara province near the south west coast of Madagascar to Fianarantsoa closer to the center of the island, where it grows on flat rock surfaces among thorn bushes. The specific epithet, combines the Latin words 'acuti' meaning "pointed", "acute" or "sharp" with 'issima', a suffix connoting the extreme form of an adjective so that the name means "very acutely pointed" or "very sharp" in reference to the sharp triangular teeth on the leaf margins and the varietal name references the locality where this plant comes from. Our plants from an Institute of Aloe Studies distribution in 2012 as IAS05-008c.  The information on this page is based on research about this plant that is conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe acutissima var. antanimorensis.