Aloe perfoliata – Care and Propagation

This blue-green aloe is composed of clusters of small rosettes, forming small colonies along the ground as it grows. Learn all about Aloe perfoliata in this article.

Its lance-shaped leaves have harmless whitish-white to yellow “teeth” along the edges and bumps along the underside of the leaves.

By the effect of the sun, with its light and heat, Aloe perfoliata changes the color of its leaves with pinkish tones toward the tips.

Although most Aloes bloom in the winter, the aloe is also known as mitre aloe, has red flowers in the summer.

n their natural form the plants are prostrate, with branched stems up to 6.5 ft (2 m) long. While most of the plant is along the ground, the terminal head of the leaf is often erect, facing upward toward the sun.

A Quick Look at its Characteristics:

Full sun to partial shade.

Sensitive to extreme cold.

The plant grows to 12” (30 cm) tall and 24” (60 cm) wide.

Can be grown indoors if given enough light.

Reproduction by tillers, cuttings, or seeds.

Ideal between 30.2 °F and 86 °F (-1ºC and +30ºC).

Typical water requirements for a succulent.

Can be toxic to humans and animals.

It grows actively in summer.

aloe perfoliata succulent

Care and Propagation Aloe perfoliata

Care Aloe perfoliata

Depending on where it is grown, This succulent can have many different appearances.  When stressed in full sun, the leaves may turn red or pink.

Watering Aloe perfoliata

This aloe has the typical watering needs of an aloe. It is best to let the soil dry out and then water. Allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant Aloe perfoliata

This succulent is not cold hardy, so if you live in an area that reaches temperatures below 30.2 °F (-1° C), it is best to plant this aloe in a container that can be brought inside. It does well in full or partial sun.

Propagation Aloe perfoliata

Aloe perfoliata can be propagated from stem cuttings or seeds, although if you want to be successful safely use tillers.

Aloe perfoliata Seedlings

This aloe can be propagated from the overlapping rosettes that it will create. With a knife or sharp, sterile scissors, you can cut them from the main stem. You should allow the cut pieces to dry for a day or two before planting them in well-drained soil.

Seeds

The key to sowing the seeds is to do it in well-drained soil. You can grow Aloe perfoliata seeds outdoors if you live in an area where the temperature does not drop below 30.2 °F  (-1ºC). If you live in a cooler area, you can start seeds indoors under a grow light or in a seed mat.

Cuttings

To grow this aloe from cuttings, use a sharp, sterile knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem or rosette from the main plant and let it sit quietly for several days before placing it in well-drained soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.