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Short-Leaved Aloe

Aloe brevifolia

Also known as

Short-leaved aloe

Aloe brevifolia - Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Brooklyn, NY - DSC08089 by Daderot (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Short-Leaved Aloe Overview

Short-leaved species in the genus Aloe that forms dense leafy rosettes of triangular foliage with toothed margins. Its beautiful tubular flowers vary in colour from yellow to orange to red, these appear in November in South Africa. It is planted as an ornamental plant in dry gardens and benefits from winter rainfall. It has a clustered form of growth and relatively thick leaves compared to other dwarf Aloe species.

Common problems with Short-Leaved Aloe

Susceptiblle to root rot when plants are overwatered.

Short-Leaved Aloe Companion Plants

Along alongside other aloes and succulents.

How to harvest Short-Leaved Aloe

Seeds should be allowed to dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.

How to propagate Short-Leaved Aloe


Sow seeds in warmer summer months. Germination should take place within a few weeks. Keep seedlings' soil moist, but well-drained.


Remove offsets in the warmer summer months and plant in rooting medium that is kept moist, but well-drained.

Special features of Short-Leaved Aloe

Pot plant

Plant in pots with sandy soil that are well-drained

Drought resistant

Requires little watering.

Attracts birds

Hummingbirds are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Short-Leaved Aloe


Garden plants

Plant in rockeries or dry borders or into pots.