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Aloe cooperi

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Cooper's Aloe (Aloe cooperi) at Thies Farm & Greenhouses

Cooper's Aloe

Cooper's Aloe

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Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  30 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Description:

A grassland variety producing beautiful rosettes of succulent, sea green foliage; occasionally produces spikes crowned with nodding tubular orange flowers in summer; a great container plant

Ornamental Features

Cooper's Aloe features showy spikes of orange tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its succulent sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cooper's Aloe is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cooper's Aloe is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Cooper's Aloe will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 30 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Cooper's Aloe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features