Bitten by the Aloe bug

ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)April 21, 2013

If you see Aloe laeta, get it. It's hard to perfectly capture the silver hues in this plant! It's so beautiful, I can hardly stand it. Such a fortunate find.

Also means for celebration: found my first E. with caruncles. Labeled as Echeveria 'Embossed Gem.' Not big and impressive yet, but I'll be working on that.

I hope you enjoy the Aloe, Mara. :)

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Beachplants(Z11)

Lovely Mara! Very interesting teeth as well, can certainly understand the excitement - I would be too!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 12:14PM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Oh. Haha, my name's Colleen, just to be clear. Apparently that last thought was written oddly and can come off as though I was signing my own name, or perhaps even giving the name of the Aloe. No, no, I was hoping Mara might enjoy the show iffff she doesn't already own this stunning plant!

I neglected to mention, for all here, I also saw a new Gasteria hybrid (failed to bring my camera--stupid!) yesterday, called 'Silver Sheen.' It's a robust, slightly textured spiral-er. A combination of soft light green and silver tones. The older specimen I saw was solid-colored on the top, with the undersides of the leaves having a subtle striping that I'd maybe compare to the striping you might see on G. 'Little Warty,' but less bold. This description is probably clear as mud. Anyway, I didn't have the cash for the plant, nor was I crazy over it, but I bought a small pup, which hardly resembles its adult counterpart and looks not only more striped, but more silver than the adult plant I saw. It's not a heavily textured or thick, robust plant anywhere near the extent of 'Little Warty'; it has somewhat thin leaves that are stiff and barely textured. Just not something I'd seen before.

I also saw what was labeled as a large hybrid of G. 'Superbum' that looked to me like the union of 'Superbum' and a Pachy. It's leaves are fat, comparable to a Pachy, but I'd say maybe slightly flatter on the top of the rosette, and the color was spot-on with 'Superbum.' A friend has it, so I have two leaves, and I look forward to see what'll come of them.

This post was edited by teatree on Sun, Apr 21, 13 at 12:50

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 12:47PM
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Beachplants(Z11)

ok...same comment ...Colleen...blah, blah..very nice! hehehe!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 1:13PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

That got my head a little twisted too. LOL. It has many days of aloe loveliness ahead of it. I am feeling aloe envy.....just a little.

lovely, Colleen.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 3:25PM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

I wish it were a frequent pupper, but apparently it isn't fast to sucker. That's about the only negative for it I can see! Beautiful plant.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 8:45PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Where did you find it?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 8:52PM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

The supplier for Portland Nursery is Fleetfoot & Foulweather. The owner, whose name I think I remember hearing is Doug, brings in some real beauties. We're really fortunate.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 8:57PM
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cactusmcharris

Colleen, so it's going to be species over hybrids, is it? I used to do that in San Diego, but I haven't the room anymore, so I'm going towards the lab rat Aloes.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 11:22PM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Well, it may be; I don't know! Sure is fun doing it this way, but I can appreciate both routes. I'll take whatever pretties strike my fancy.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 1:14AM
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