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Aloe cooperi - Cooper's Aloe
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Aloe cooperi (Cooper's Aloe) - An usual upright growing aloe to 3 to 4 feet tall that offsets feely to produce open rosettes on short stems with distichous (oppositely 2 ranked) narrow 2-3 foot long deeply canaliculate (V-shaped) mid-green leaves that are thin and barely succulent with a few white spots near their bases and tiny soft teeth along their margins. In mid-summer appear the 1 1/2 to 2 inch long salmon pink flowers with green tips that are upright and greener in bud and dangling as they open. These are held tightly clustered at the top of a 2 to 3 foot tall unbranched inflorescence. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally spring through fall in our mediterranean climate. Though not particularly happy in high heat locations, it is cold hardy to around down to 10 F. Unusual for and aloe, it will go deciduous at these cold extremes but remains evergreen in frost free areas. This unusual aloe is a great addition to a regularly irrigated garden spot or in a large container, where is quite attractive to hummingbirds and people, though many who see this plant question whether it is actually an aloe. Aloe cooperi is classified as a "Grass Aloe" and, as with most of these grassland aloes, it occurs in fairly moist habitats and in otherwise dry rocky areas, mainly in Natal, Swaziland and Mpumalanga in South African. Unlike many other grass aloes, this one is easy to grow. In its native habitat the young shoots and flowers of Aloe cooperi are cooked and eaten as vegetables by the Zulu people who call the plant isiPutumane and it is also used by them for medicinal purposes. It was apparently first discovered in 1814 by the English explorer Dr William John Burchell, but his discovery of this plant was lost and it was rediscovered in 1862 by professional plant collector Thomas Cooper, after whom it was named by English botanist John Gilbert Baker in his description of it in a 1874 issue of The Gardeners' Chronicle. Our plants are grown from seed from a plant we have in our nursery that we first received in 2017 from Xera Nursery in Portland, California. In our mild climate this plant is pretty robust and does not go at all deciduous. Aloe cooperi (Cooper's Aloe) - An usual upright growing aloe to 3 to 4 feet tall that offsets feely to produce open rosettes on short stems with distichous (oppositely 2 ranked) narrow 2-3 foot long deeply canaliculate (V-shaped) mid-green leaves that are thin and barely succulent with a few white spots near their bases and tiny soft teeth along their margins. In mid-summer appear the 1 1/2 to 2 inch long salmon pink flowers with green tips that are upright and greener in bud and dangling as they open. These are held tightly clustered at the top of a 2 to 3 foot tall unbranched inflorescence. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally spring through fall in our mediterranean climate. Though not particularly happy in high heat locations, it is cold hardy to around down to 10 F. Unusual for and aloe, it will go deciduous at these cold extremes but remains evergreen in frost free areas. This unusual aloe is a great addition to a regularly irrigated garden spot or in a large container, where is quite attractive to hummingbirds and people, though many who see this plant question whether it is actually an aloe. Aloe cooperi is classified as a "Grass Aloe" and, as with most of these grassland aloes, it occurs in fairly moist habitats and in otherwise dry rocky areas, mainly in Natal, Swaziland and Mpumalanga in South African. Unlike many other grass aloes, this one is easy to grow. In its native habitat the young shoots and flowers of Aloe cooperi are cooked and eaten as vegetables by the Zulu people who call the plant isiPutumane and it is also used by them for medicinal purposes. It was apparently first discovered in 1814 by the English explorer Dr William John Burchell, but his discovery of this plant was lost and it was rediscovered in 1862 by professional plant collector Thomas Cooper, after whom it was named by English botanist John Gilbert Baker in his description of it in a 1874 issue of The Gardeners' Chronicle. Our plants are grown from seed from a plant we have in our nursery that we first received in 2017 from Xera Nursery in Portland, California. In our mild climate this plant is pretty robust and does not go at all deciduous.  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 cooperi.
 
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