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Products > Aloe x nobilis
 
Aloe x nobilis - Golden Toothed Aloe
  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Aloe nobilis, A. 'Nobilis']
Parentage: (Aloe mitriformis x A. brevifolia)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe nobilis (Golden Toothed Aloe) - An evergreen rosette-forming succulent that suckers profusely, creating a large grouping to 18 inches tall of fleshy green leaves that have a tint of rose color on the tips and yellow to white, sharp but flexible teeth running along the edges with a few in spots on the inside of the leaves. The bright orange branched inflorescences rise well above the foliage to about 2 feet tall in mid-summer. Plant in sun or light shade in sandy soil. Drought tolerant. Hardy to about 20 degrees F. This plant is thought by some to be a hybrid between Aloe mitriformis and A. brevifolia but others suggest it may be the result of a cross between Aloe distans and A. brevifolia. "The Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons" edited by Urs Eggli lists the name as being of unresolved application that should be rejected but this plant has long been in cultivation in the US and is quite common so it definitely needs a name. It was listed with the synonym Aloe mitriformis spinosior, Haw.in Libery Hyde Baily's 1928 "Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture" in 1928 and subsequent volumes of Hortus I, II and III. In "Hortus Third" it is listed with the common names "Golden Tooth Aloe" and "Green and Gold Crown" and described as being similar to A. mitriformis but leaves less concave above. This listing further notes it is perhaps of hybrid origins and suggests it is a cross between Aloe arborescens and A. mitriformis. Whatever its parentage, it is a stunning and tough plant that provides summer color.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Aloe x nobilis .
 
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