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.
It is an Aloe aristata hybrid, maybe a gasteraloe with aristata.
I believe that is the real deal, Aloe aristata.
Thanks all, I'm inclined to go with rosemarie's suggestion. We'll see when they flower.
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.
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?).
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 .