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Products > Aloe salm-dyckiana
 
Aloe salm-dyckiana
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Synonyms: [Aloe x principis]
Parentage: (A. arborescens x A. ferox)
Height: 8-10 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe salm-dyckiana - A large aloe to 8-9 feet tall with dark gray-green leaves and 2-3 foot tall upright-branching inflorescences with dark red flowers. This aloe typically branches at the base but can have a solitary trunk with very erect stems if crowded. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Little to no irrigation is required. Though no empirical data exists on this we have observed this plant to be resistant to Aloe mite (Aceria aloinis). Our original plant came from Franceschi Park in Santa Barbara where many old plants formed a massive planting along the entry road. This plant is thought to be a naturally occurring hybrid between A. ferox and A. arborescens. Reynold's notes in his listing of Aloe arborescens in his "The Aloes of South Africa" the names associated with this cross and includes both Aloe x principis and A. x salm-dyckiana. He also states that "In several localities A. arborescens and A. ferox grow socially and cross very freely. This is particularly evident near Mossel Bay, Gouritz River, Riverdale and further west, where a bewildering range of hybrid aggregates can be seen in various growth and colour forms."  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe x salm-dyckiana.
 
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