Garden Aloes

Hybrid Aloes

Hybrid Aloes can be created from several plants and do not neccessarily come from any one place.

Aloe Blue Elf

This cultivar is a cross of A. glauca x A. humilis and may have been one of Edward C. Hummel's hybrids. read more

Aloe congolensis

Is it a species? a hybrid? No one knows for sure, but the name suggests it comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The name Aloe congolensis is not a verified species name but this plant has long been offered and passed around under this name which was first used in 1899. read more

Aloe 'Crosby's Prolific'

Aloe 'Crosby’s Prolific’ is a hybrid of Aloe nobilis and an Aloe humilis var. echinatum. A lot of mixing goes into the making of this hybrid, which is probably why it's so variable. read more

Aloe 'Cynthia Giddy'

This is a hybrid species created in Cynthia Giddy's honor at Rancho Soledad Nursery, very similar but a bit bigger than Cynthia's own creation, Aloe 'Rooikappie', a wonderful, small, suckering species with ornate red-orange flowers year round. read more

Aloe 'David Verity'

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. read more

Aloe 'Erik the Red'

Aloe 'Erik the Red' is a complex hybrid involving Aloe mawii, which contributed its dark red color combined with A. petricola, A. marlothii (red form) and A. arborescens. It was named after the breeder's eldest son, whom he notes is 'also a tall fella' and was awarded the Gold Medal at the Brisbane Horticultural Show in Australia. This plant was first introduced into the US in 2012 and also included other very nice aloe cultivars such as 'Fairy Pink', 'Moonglow', 'Scarlet Rockets' and 'Topaz'. read more

Aloe 'Goliath'

Aloe 'Goliath' is believed to have originated as a garden cross of the large South African tree aloe, Aloe barberae (A. bainesii), and Aloe vaombe from Madagascar. The plants were selected as seedlings by Don Newcomer of Serra Gardens, who had these two plants situated together in his garden in Malibu Canyon. The plant looked large and stout so the name Goliath seemed a natural name. read more

Aloe 'Grassy Lassie'

Aloe 'Grassy Lassie' is a hybrid created by Kelly Griffin and gets its name for its narrow, green leaves that resemble grass. read more

Aloe nobilis

This plant is thought by some to be a hybrid between Aloe mitriformis and A. brevifolia but others suggest it may be the result of a cross between Aloe distans and A. brevifolia. 'The Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons' edited by Urs Eggli lists the name as being of unresolved application that should be rejected but this plant has long been in cultivation in the US and is quite common so it definitely needs a name. In 'Hortus Third' it is listed with the common names 'Golden Tooth Aloe' and 'Green and Gold Crown and described as being similar to A. mitriformis but leaves less concave above. This listing further notes it is perhaps of hybrid origins and suggests it is a cross between Aloe arborescens and A. mitriformis. Whatever its parentage, it is a stunning and tough plant that provides summer color. read more

Aloe 'Rooikappie'

This is a wonderful hybrid created by Cynthia Giddy many years ago, not to be confused with the very similar hybrid named after her (a slight larger plant with less perfectly symmetrical flowers). Giddy was a South African conservationist, horticulturist and author of 'The Cycads of South Africa' (Purnell & Sons,1974 ). She was a noted authority on clivia, aloe and African cycads and maintained a nursery in Natal, South Africa. Giddy offered a number of Aloe hybrids and cultivars in the catalogs of her Umlaas Aloe Nursery—this one as early as 1974. The name 'rooikappie' translates in Afrikaans as 'little red cap' and was the name used for the for Grimm's fairy tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. Aloe 'Rooikappie' Giddy is sometimes sold under the name, Aloe rudikoppe or as 'Little Gem'. Also known as the Little Red Riding Hood aloe. This plant was distributed by the Huntington Botanical Gardens. read more

Aloe spinosissima

Aloe spinosissima is an old hybrid whose origins seem lost in time. It has long been in cultivation in California as evidenced by its listing in the 1930 publication Cacti and other Succulents: An Annotated List of Plants Cultivated in Santa Barbara that was written by Ralph Hoffman, E.O. Orpet, Eric Walther and James West and edited by Pearl Chase. In this book it is listed as a hybrid between the toothy form of Aloe humilis known as var. echinata and A. arborescens var. pachythyrsa, but both varieties have now been synonymized with their associated species. It is sometimes sold as Aloe arborescens 'Dwarf'. The name is the superlative form of 'spinosus', which means spiny so would mean 'very spiny' or 'superlatively spiny'. Sometimes called the 'spider aloe' or 'gold tooth aloe.. Sometimes sold as Aloe spinossisima, but should be called Aloe x spinosissima. From Aloe humilis it inherits a small compact size, the many knobbly spines which appear on both upper and lower leaf surfaces and its remarkable tendency to produce lots of offsets from the base. From the much larger Aloe arborescens it inherits larger foliage and a more dramatic presence. For this reason it has often been called Aloe arborescens 'Dwarf', the stemless habit of Aloe humilis predominating over the arborescent habit of Aloe arborescens. read more

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