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Products > Aloe dawei 'Yellow'
 
Aloe dawei 'Yellow' - Yellow Dawe's Aloe
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: Africa, East (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [A. beniensis, A. pole-evansii]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe dawei 'Yellow' (Yellow Dawe's Aloe) A clump-forming shrub aloe with thick stems that elongate to 1-2 feet tall with an open rosette of 1 to 2 inch wide by 18 inch long grayish-green slightly-recurved leaves that have attractive and prominent closely-spaced reddish-brown small teeth along the margins and a reddish flush to the new growth. In mid-winter upwardly inclined red tipped yellow flower buds appear clustered near the tips of the 2 foot tall red stemmed branching inflorescences and droop downwards as the golden yellow flowers open. Plant in a well-drained soil in full sun to light shade in the desert and water occasionally to infrequently. Cold hardy down to at least 25 F - undamaged here at those temperatures in 2007. The species comes from the mountains of eastern and central Africa (Uganda, Congo, Rwanda) and it is listed with several forms, including ones with yellow flowers. This form has many of the nice attributes of the typical red flowering Dawe's Aloe, Aloe dawei, except it remains smaller and has flowers that are a dark golden yellow borne on a well branched red stemmed inflorescence. We received this plant in 2005 labeled Aloe dawei from Stockton succulent collector Alice Waidhofer and were surprised to see when it bloomed that it had yellow flowers. Some have speculated that a similar looking plant is a hybrid of Aloe dawei with Aloe dorotheae but that plant has spotted foliage unlike this one. It is also quite different from another attractive plant that we grow that the Huntington Botanic Garden originally introduced as Aloe dawei 'Yellow' but later named 'Jacob's Ladder' 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 dawei 'Yellow'.
 
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