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Products > Gasteraloe 'Midnight'
Gasteraloe 'Midnight'

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [X Gastrolea 'Midnight', Aloe gastrolea]
Parentage: (Gasteria x Aloe)
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
x Gasteraloe (Gasteria x Aloe) 'Midnight' - A rosette forming succulent to 8 to 12 inches tall by 1 foot wide with rough-textured knobby narrow 4 to 8 inch long leaves with soft tiny teeth along the leaf margins. The new leaves emerge a dark green and quickly get dark reddish highlights and if in enough light turn a dark purple color that could be described as midnight black. The 18 inch tall inflorescences emerge in summer to hold pale orange flowers. Plant in full sun (coastal) to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. Cold hardy to around 25 F. Makes a great container plant and colors up best when in full sun. This plant was reported to be an intergeneric hybrid created by the crossing of an Aloe with a Gasteria by Kelly Griffin, then with Rancho Soledad Nursery. Often Aloe and Gasteria hybrids are listed as x Gastrolea but we follow the recent treatment by Len E. Newton (Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya) in Urs Eggli's "Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons" (Springer, 2001) who notes the correct name to be x Gasteraloe. This plant may also be sold under the name of Aloe 'Black Beauty' or Aloe gastrolea 'Midnight'.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing 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 Gasteraloe 'Midnight'.