Aloe glauca Miller


Aloe glauca, common name blue aloe in English and blouaalwayn in Afrikaans, takes its species name from a Greek word meaning 'bluish-gray' referring to the color of the large thick leaves and to the powdery bloom on their surfaces. It is an essentially stemless aloe with rosettes of up to 18" in diameter. Each rosette can produce up to three cone-shaped inflorescences of pink to pale orange flowers. The leaf surfaces are smooth and the margins are armed with reddish-brown teeth. Blue aloe is restricted to the drier rocky hills and mountain slopes of the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa, blooming August to October. It readily propagates by pupping.