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Aloe cooperi
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Aloe cooperi

Cooper's Hardy Grass Aloe

Item #: 5256

Zones: 7b to 9b, at least

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: South Africa

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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Not to be confused with a '70s rock singer with unmown grasslike hair, Aloe cooperi hails from the dry, open grasslands in the Natal Mountains of South Africa where it was discovered in 1860. The narrow, green, v-shaped leaves are edged with a row of tiny white bumps. The fast-multiplying, 15" wide deciduous clumps are topped in midsummer with 18" terminal flower spikes of dangling coral-orange flowers. Both the young shoots and flowers are edible and considered a delicacy where they grow wild...they must not have McDonald's yet. McAloe's...hmmm.

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