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Products > Aloe 'Christmas Carol'
Aloe 'Christmas Carol'
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe 'Christmas Carol' - This small aloe produces rosettes to under 1 foot tall and wide with 6 inch long deep green lance-shaped leaves that have vibrant dark raised red markings, some soft but spinelike, down the center and along the leaf margin. The flowers, which first appeared for us in fall, are reddish pink, though it is often described by others as orange. This Kelly Griffin hybrid is what Kelly calls a multi-generation hybrid that possibly includes the legendary and beautiful Aloe 'Doran Black' as a parent or at the least shares some of its appearance - 'Doran Black' is a Dick Wright hybrid that involved hybrid plants of Aloe rauhii crossed with A. descognsii. 'Christmas Carol' has all the beauty of 'Doran Black' with the addition of vibrant red colors in the leaves. It should prove a great plant for a small scale ground cover, in the rock garden or for container gardening. Plant in full sun to light shade (color best with brighter light) in a well-drained soil with occasional irrigation. Likely hardy to the mid 20's F but not well documented.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe 'Christmas Carol'.