Family: Asphodelaceae, formerly Xanthorrhoeaceae
Common Names: cape aloe, gray aloe
Origin: Aloe chabaudii is native to eastern and southern Africa, originating from the lower slopes of hills, rocky granite outcrops, and rocky hillsides within Brachystegia woodland. The species forms dense colonies and occupies elevations from 30 - 2,130 meters.
Description: A. chabaudii is an evergreen succulent that develops compact, spiral rosettes, broad, tapering, and lanceolate in form. Plants are stem-less, or with a very short stem. The fleshy leaves are pale glaucous to blue-turquoise, but are often flushed pink or red along the margins, which possess small teeth. In mid-winter, the multi-branched panicle inflorescence will bloom, including up to 15 racemes of coral or red flowers. Over time, A. chabaudii will sucker and develop dense colonies.
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