Garden Aloes

Aloe 'David Verity'

Category: Large Clumping Aloes

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9b - 11


Aloe 'David Verity' is a robust, hybrid created by botanist and botanical garden manager David Verity. It is a clumping plant to 6 feet tall and as wide or wider with 12 to 18 inch wide rosettes of bold silver-blue slightly-recurving leaves that blush reddish near the tips.


It is a large, shrubby aloe (up to 6' tall) with large, blue-green foliage.


In mid to late winter appear branching bicolored flower spikes rising with tight pink buds in a spiraled pattern. The flowers darken to red before they begin opening a cream white to pale butter yellow from the bottom of the spike to the top. Eventually the flowers of Aloe 'David Verity' display both red and white colors at the same time.

Origin / History

Aloe 'David Verity' was first introduced by the International Succulent Society in 2001 (ISI#2001-20) from a plant growing at the Huntington Botanic Garden (HBG 49146). This plant was originally given to the Huntington by the Paul Hutchison of Tropic World Nursery but had been selected and named by UCLA Biology professor Boyd Walker, who grew out some of Dave Verity's hybrids at his Pacific Palisades garden. David Verity, long the horticulturist and garden manager at UCLA's Mildred Mathias. Botanic Garden hybridized many aloes and monkey flowers, these often called the Verity Hybrids. The parentage of this hybrid is not certain but is thought to be a cross between an Aloe arborescens hybrid (with red buds and chrome-yellow flowers) with Aloe × principis, itself a natural hybrid between Aloe arborescens and Aloe ferox that is also known as Aloe salm-dyckiana.

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Care / Cultivation

Plant in full sun to light shade in a moderately well-drained soil. This drought tolerant plant does great in coastal California with little to no supplementary irrigation but likely would do better inland with occasional to infrequent watering.

Frost Tenderness

It has proven hardy to at least 25 degrees F without damage and likely is a bit hardier.

Use in the Garden

It is a great specimen aloe used singly or massed with other aloes and succulents - with its stature it can make an impressive screening or barrier plant. Makes a good hedge plant, particularly if you want to keep someone out.

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