Can I get an ID please?

nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))February 9, 2013

My lady picked up a couple of these from a nursery moving sale and they didn't have tags. In fact, nothing at the nursery had tags which really annoyed the obsessive labeler in me, lol.

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

It is an Aloe aristata hybrid, maybe a gasteraloe with aristata.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 8:57PM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

I believe that is the real deal, Aloe aristata.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 9:06PM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

Thanks all, I'm inclined to go with rosemarie's suggestion. We'll see when they flower.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 4:13PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

If they start pupping a lot of babies, then it is a hybrid. Aloe aristata is a solitary aloe.That one looks solitary so far. Most ones in the trade are hybrids.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 8:47PM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Interesting info about it being a solitary Aloe, Mara. The reference book I have, Guide to the Aloes of South Africa, by Van Wyk & Smith, has this for Aloe aristata:

Plants are stemless and usually occur in dense groups of up to 12 rosettes.

The online Aloe site, aloestudies.org, shows pix of groups. I would guess they grew that way from pupping (but maybe from seed?).

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 9:51PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I am just repeating several growers that have said this on other sites. People a lot more knowledgeable than me . But , yes, it is hearsay and they (and therefor I) could easily be wrong. I always thought that was interesting because most A. aristas that I saw were prolific clumpers. Also maybe there are many natively occurring hybrid strains in the wild. Things get complex out there and I am not the one to bank my reputation on anything I hear .

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:57PM
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