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Aloe 'Cynthia Giddy'

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe 'Cynthia Giddy' - A medium-sized aloe that clumps to form numerous rosettes to 2 feet tall with dark green lightly white-spotted leaves that have bronze to red highlights in the fall. Starting as early as in late winter appear the branched inflorescences of vibrant orange-red flowers that rise well above the foliage. Flowering peaks in the summer but we have had plants in flower through fall to as late as early December. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and water occasionally to very little. This plant has proven hardy to 25 F in our garden without damage. Aloe 'Cynthia Giddy' has long been in circulation in the U.S.A. and with its clean looking foliage and attractive flowers over a long period, it has long been one our favorite and most popular aloes. Though the name honors the late Cynthia Giddy (1933-1998), who was a South African conservationist, horticulturist and maintained Umlaas Nursery in Natal, South Africa, we have never determined whether this plant originally actually was bred by her. Some claim that this plant originated at Rancho Soledad Nursery in Rancho Santa Fe, California, but it seems more likely that it was an unnamed original plant from Cynthia Giddy that they named in her honor. In 2005, when researching this plant's origins, we were told by Aloe hybridizer Kelly Griffin, then at Rancho Soledad Nursery, that he speculated it to be a Aloe lateritia cross with A. cameronii, but noted that since Cynthia Giddy was no longer alive, this could not be verified. This plant is sometimes confused with the spectacular but smaller Aloe 'Rooikappie', a plant that Cynthia Giddy did hybridize and introduce- both plants add color into the landscape for many months. We began growing this great plant in 2004 after purchasing stock plants from Rancho Soledad Nursery.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate 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 'Cynthia Giddy'.