Dwarf hybrid that resembles a starfish.
This delightful Aloe with its leaves covered in bumps, edged in green, is a bit of a chameleon. The indoor plant, and the parent of a few others in the yard, is mostly dark green to pale green, with just the edge tinged with red. The bumps are almost white. It is in bright light, about 6′ away from southern and western windows. Its children that are outside, are almost completely red – ranging from dark red to pink. They get a full morning and mid-day sun.
I have also seen other pictures of this plant for sale on the Internet, and while they share similarities, they do not look like the same plant. In one, the bumps are red, surrounded by white, while the leaves are dark green.
When sold to us, we were told that it rarely blooms. We cannot agree with that. At the beginning of November, it is just sending up a new bloom stalk and the last one only cut off perhaps two weeks ago. It has consistently bloomed for us three or more times a year. Bloom stalks are about 15″ long. Individual flowers radial, in a clockwise spiral, up the top 4 or 5 inches. Each bud is pale green at the tip and pink down to the petiole.
It is said to favor temperatures between 70 and 80, and dislikes temperatures below 40.
We will see how it does this winter, because one of the babies has been panted out in Gondwana. We have already seen about 35 and winter is just getting going. It did not make it. This is the first winter since we have been here when we actually did get a number of frosts, particularly down in Gondwana that tends be one of the colder parts of the garden.
Pups quite freely and these are simple to separate and grow on.
Alternatively called ‘Donnie’
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P18083
Found in Pots,
Needs to be in the greenhouse for winter, or at least protected from excessive rain.