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Aloe 'Goliath' - Goliath Aloe
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange & Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (Aloe barberae x A. vaombe)
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe 'Goliath' (Goliath Aloe) - A unique large heavy-stemmed unbranched aloe to 12 feet tall with long broad medium green leaves that arch over and taper to a long narrow tip. Mature plants produce an inflorescence in late fall or winter that branches near the crown of leaves with many upright branches that rise 1 to 2 feet bearing salmon to orange flowers. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Seems to be hardy down to at least 25 F. This plant shows hybrid vigor which may exceed its own ability to support itself. The stems of some older specimens have been known to break or fall over from their own weight so the best advice for this plant is to try to grow it slowly by not applying too much water or fertilizer lest the large foliage heads become too heavy. Aloe 'Goliath' is believed to have originated as a garden cross of the large South African tree aloe, Aloe barberae (A. bainesii), and Aloe vaombe from Madagascar. The plants were selected as seedlings by Don Newcomer of Serra Gardens, who had these two plants situated together in his garden in Malibu Canyon. The plant looked large and stout so the name Goliath seemed a natural name. This plant should not be confused with Aloe 'Hercules', which is a cross between Aloe barberae and Aloe dichotoma or the Mozambique form of Aloe barberae that is sometimes called Aloe 'Medusa'. Our thanks to Kevin Coniff for pictures and information on the origin of this large and interesting hybrid aloe.  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 'Goliath'.
 
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