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Products > Aloe 'Birds and Bees'
 
Aloe 'Birds and Bees'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Winter
Parentage: (Aloe arborecens x A. thraskii?)
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe 'Birds and Bees' A large shrubby succulent likely to get to 6 feet tall or more by as wide with thick gray-green recurved leaves. In mid-winter appears the stout few-branching inflorescence with tight terminal spikes of dark orange buds that open yellow from the bottom of the spike up. Plant in full sun to light shade. Based on its parentage this plant should prove to be both drought tolerant and hardy to moderate cold we have only tested it to 27 F but likely can go at least a few degrees colder. This is a selection that we made from seeds provided to us by Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Botanic Garden. It is a hybrid of Aloe arborescens and its pollen parent is speculated to be Aloe thraskii. We also selected a second seedling that has darker reddish buds and flowers that we call 'Red Bird'  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 'Birds and Bees'.
 
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