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Products > Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid'
Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid'
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Year-round
Parentage: (A. bellatula or A. thompsoniae hybrid?)
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid' - A small aloe that makes dense clumps to nearly 2 feet wide with short stems bearing narrow 8 to 10 inch long leaves that arch upwards and then out towards a the tapered tip. The leaves are bright green with white spots and have tiny white teeth along the margins. The flowers, borne in dense racemes at the end of 12 inch tall stems nearly year round in frost free gardens, are bright orange with green tips and yellow interiors. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. Hardy to at least 20 F (This plant survived temperatures to 18 F in 1990 with minimal protection.) A great plant for a border, groundcover or rock pocket area in well-drained soil. We originally got this beauty from the Huntington Botanic Gardens Plant Sale in 1984 as Aloe bellatula 'Johnson's Hybrid' but most speculate it more likely a Aloe thompsoniae hybrid. We also have never been able to verify the origin of its cultivar name but the thought is that it may have originated from Harry Johnson (18941987) of Johnson Cactus Gardens in Paramount, California. It does very closely resemble a Aloe thompsonii hybrid called 'Liberty Bells' that was introduced in 1976 by aloe hybridizer John Bleck.  This information about Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid' displayed is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We will also note observations that we have made about it as it grows in the gardens in our nursery and those elsewhere, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.