Blue Elf Aloe

Aloe Blue Elf is one of a few hundred aloes in cultivation today, however, it is one of few that is spineless. The soft tips of this aloe are wispy and gentle to the touch. So often a concern with succulents are their defensive spines. The majority of the succulents we grow and have to offer are actually of spineless varieties, echeveria, aeonium, crassula, kalanchoe, just to name a few. The blue elf, growing upright and forming dense clumps, can be used in a number of applications and is terrific for some added height in soft succulent arrangements. We here also have a continuous struggle with plants that will do better, or at least live, in a lower light application. Many users are looking for succulents for arrangements that can be used inside the home. While no succulent prefers the low light levels of being inside, there are a few varieties that do better than others. Smaller aloes, haworthia, sempervivum, and a couple other varieties have become the tried and true plants for the interior specialists. The faster growing the plant, typically the sooner its appearance will go, showing the stretched look of a plant desiring more sunlight. Again, no succulents prefer to be inside, however, there are still a number of options that can work with arrangements inside.

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Everyone loves trailing plants, and everyone loves succulents, so why not go for the best of both worlds and snag some trailing succulents? They’re the best way to max out your space with lush greenery, even when you don’t have much shelf space. Hang a couple in your...

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Medicinal Aloe

Graptopetalum paraguayensis , or the "ghost plant", is a great, trailing, wandering, ground cover. We love the colors that this plant brings out in a design, complementing the blues, pinks, and purples that so many of the gorgeous succulents have to offer. Each plant...

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