(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
This aloe grows as a solitary rosette with the leaves curving inwards, resulting in a neat, rounded head or rarely form small groups. It is particularly striking with a stunted appearance, and is especially attractive for its dull red flowers in winter. It is one of the most easily recognizable of the aloes even when not in flower, owing to its habit of growth. It is a low growing species with irregular flowering and seed set. It closely resembles Aloe humilis but the leaves are thicker and more rigid. If not watered for a long time, leaves tend to curl in on itself, making it look a bit like an anemone curling into a ball when protecting itself.
Flowers: The flower buds are dull red with deep-red, almost black filament protruding from the flower tube that give the flowers a characteristic appearance.
Blooming season (Europe and North America): November-February (July and August in south Hemisphere).
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz