Meet the boldly unique Aloe, a virile sculptural garden accent. It takes the sword-shaped succulent leaves of Aloe to the next level.
Soft and flexible, recurved marginal spines march along the edge of the leaves. The tiny "teeth" help protect the interior of the plant from getting waterlogged.
In its native South Africa, they act as a built-in rain gutter, flinging raindrops out away from the crown. They look like a cross of succulent and cactus.
Plant this Aloe in sharply drained soils in the warmest parts of the country. Everywhere else, keep them as a houseplant in a sunny spot.
In the ground, this hybrid plant develops into a low-growing clump of urn-shaped rosettes. Watch for one or more tall flower spikes to emerge in late winter or early spring.