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Aloe salm-dyckiana

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
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."  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Aloe x salm-dyckiana.