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

This information about Aloe glauca 'Namaqualand' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.