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Products > Aloe pulcherrima
Aloe pulcherrima

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Ethiopia (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe pulcherrima - A mostly solitary growing plant with dense rosettes 18 to 24 inch wide of pale blue-green leaves with nearly toothless faint red margins on stems and sparsely branched spikes of pale orange-red flowers appearing in in mid-summer. Old plants can have thick stems that lay flat along the ground. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate infrequently. Has proven hardy to 25F. Aloe pulcherrima is an interesting and beautiful aloe whose foliage somewhat resembles a large Agave bracteosa. It is native to the Shewa and Gojjam regions of central and northern Ethiopia, where it grows along fairly inaccessible steep slopes and cliffs at altitudes between 7,800 and 9,000 feet, though some report it at even higher elevations. It considered as "Vulnerable" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The specific epithet means "beautiful". This plant was grown from seed growing on a slope in the garden of John Bleck in Goleta, CA. Mr. Bleck is a well aloe breeder and succulent collector and while he had no record of having Aloe pulcherrima, it was the best match for this very beautiful and distinctive species.  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 pulcherrima.