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botanical name:
Aloe cooperi
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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
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.

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

From seed or by offsets.

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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