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Products > Aloe salm-dyckiana
 
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."  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe salm-dyckiana.
 
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