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Can I get an ID please?

Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 16:26

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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RE: Can I get an ID please?

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

RE: Can I get an ID please?

I believe that is the real deal, Aloe aristata.

RE: Can I get an ID please?

  • Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 10, 13 at 16:13

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

RE: Can I get an ID please?

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.

RE: Can I get an ID please?

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,, shows pix of groups. I would guess they grew that way from pupping (but maybe from seed?).

RE: Can I get an ID please?

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 .

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