Aloe Brevifolia

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” – Michael Pollan

Meet the Aloe Brevifolia, a low-growing, evergreen succulent originating from the Western Cape of South Africa. Its short, broad leaves, often adorned with small teeth along the edges, create a rosette pattern that radiates beautifully from its centre. The leaves are a unique shade of blue-green, a captivating sight that transforms into a pinkish hue under full sun exposure. But what makes Aloe Brevifolia truly stand out are the bright, coral-red flowers that bloom on tall stems, offering a fascinating contrast to its leafy base.

An exciting thing about Aloe Brevifolia is that it’s not just one but a myriad of variants, each offering unique characteristics and growth patterns. This succulent isn’t only about the aesthetics; it’s a hardy plant that requires minimal care, making it a favourite among both novice and seasoned gardeners.


Common NameShort-leaved Aloe
Scientific NameAloe Brevifolia
OriginWestern Cape, South Africa
Leaves ColourBlue-green
SunlightBright, indirect light
Soil TypeWell-draining sandy or gritty soil
Water RequirementsModerate, drought-tolerant
Maximum Height1-2 feet

Resistant to drought and frost, Aloe Brevifolia makes a great indoor companion. With its compact size and fascinating appeal, it’s a great addition to any indoor garden.

Types of the Plant

The Aloe Brevifolia isn’t a one-size-fits-all plant; it’s a species that boasts different variants, each with its unique charm:

Aloe Brevifolia “Short-leaved Aloe”

This is the standard variant, known for its beautiful rosette pattern and short, broad leaves. It’s a sight to behold, especially when the coral-red flowers are in full bloom.

Aloe Brevifolia “Crocodile Plant”

This variant is nicknamed for its leaves that bear a striking resemblance to the back of a crocodile due to their unique texture. Its green-grey leaves offer a different aesthetic appeal.

Aloe Brevifolia “Klipkop”

“Klipkop” has more elongated, narrow leaves than the standard variant. The leaves are a beautiful shade of blue-green that perfectly complements the red flowers it blooms.

Aloe Brevifolia “Grey Aloe”

As the name suggests, this variant has a distinct grey color, offering an interesting alternative for those looking for something different than the usual green succulents.

Plant Care: Sunlight, Watering, Soil, and Repotting

Sunlight Needs

Aloe Brevifolia enjoys lots of light but prefers to avoid the harshest midday rays. An east or west-facing window would be perfect.

Water Needs

Being a succulent, Aloe Brevifolia can survive with less water than most plants. Make sure the soil dries out completely between watering sessions.

Soil Type

Well-draining sandy or gritty soil is ideal for Aloe Brevifolia. Avoid any soil types that retain too much water.


Repot this succulent every two years or when the plant becomes too big for its pot. Always use a pot with good drainage to avoid waterlogging.

Common Problems and Remedies


Overwatering is a common issue. Make sure the soil is dry before watering again. If you notice yellowing or mushy leaves, it may be a sign of overwatering.

Lack of Light

While Aloe Brevifolia can tolerate shade, lack of enough light may lead to elongated, pale leaves. If this happens, try to move it to a brighter spot.

Best Places for Plant Decor in Home

In a Reading Corner

Place your Aloe Brevifolia on a side table in your reading corner. The plant’s serene presence adds to the calmness of the environment, making your reading experience even more enjoyable.

In a Home Bar

Aloe Brevifolia can be a great conversation starter when placed in a home bar. It’s unique and refreshing presence can liven up the space.

On a Window Box

Having your Aloe Brevifolia on a window box not only displays it for all to see but also ensures it gets adequate light for its growth.


Adding an Aloe Brevifolia to your indoor sanctuary is a choice you won’t regret. This beautiful succulent with its eye-catching rosettes, ease of care, and drought-tolerant nature makes it a perfect fit for your indoor garden. Whether you place it in a reading corner, your home bar, or a window box, it’s bound to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the space. Just remember, like any plant, it needs your care to thrive. Be mindful of its sunlight and watering needs, and it will reward you with stunning growth.

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