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Products > Aloe glauca 'Namaqualand'
Aloe glauca 'Namaqualand' - Namaqualand Blue Aloe

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Fall/Spring
Synonyms: [Aloe glauca 'Alice']
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Aloe glauca 'Namaqualand' (Namaqualand Blue Aloe) - A rosette forming aloe growing up on a short trunk 2 to 3 feet tall and suckering near the base with 10 inch long slightly recurved leaves so pale green that they are nearly white with slightly darker green longitudinal lines and orange teeth along the leaf margin and sometime with pale teeth on the keel on the underside near the leaf tips. Not a reliable bloomer but very attractive even when not in bloom. When it flowers it produces a stout 12 to 18 inch unbranched inflorescence with tightly held salmon colored flowers that can appear from late fall to spring. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Hardy to below 20 F - this plant withstood or cold temperatures in the Christmas 1990 freezes when the temperatures at our nursery dropped below freezing by 6 PM and reached as low as 18 F just before dawn. This aloe with milky near white leaves is the palest of the many forms of Aloe glauca and though has very attractive foliage and flowers, it is also a bit more challenging to stage in the garden as the roots don't anchor the plant well enough to hold the rosette erect when the main stem grows very tall. Fortunately new basal rosettes are made in profusion to help cover up the often leaning main plant. This is the northern-most form of the species, coming from near Niewoudtville north to Steinkopf in Namaqualand. We also grow the smaller ground hugging grayer leaf form, from near Genadendal which we list as Aloe glauca 'Genadendal'The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe glauca 'Namaqualand'.