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botanical name:
Aloe cooperi
Aloe cooperi © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Grass Aloe, Cooper's Aloe
synonyms:  Aloe schmidtiana
family:  Asphodelaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.90m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: spiky
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: orange
main season: All Year
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -4°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Long thin leaves, arranged in fans, and beautiful spikes of pinkish coral-orange flowers with green tips, in late summer. Forms clumps and is deciduous in areas with cooler winters.

cultivation:
Likes a well drained, gritty soil in full sun. Quite tender, needs warm conditions, but reputed to be hardier than most species. Drought tolerant.


propagation:
From seed or by offsets.

usage:
Dryish sunny border in mild locations, or containers and conservatories.

The shoots and flowers are cooked and eaten by the Zulus.

other notes:
South African native.

Named after the English botanist and plant hunter Thomas Cooper.

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