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Aloe dawei - Dawe's Aloe
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: Africa, East (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [A. beniensis, A. pole-evansii]
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Aloe dawei (Dawe’s Aloe) A clump-forming shrub aloe with thick stems that elongate to 3-4+ feet tall, holding the older leaves turned slightly downward and topped with an open rosette of 1 to 2 inch wide by 18 inch long grayish-green slightly-recurved leaves that have attractive and prominent closely-spaced reddish-brown small teeth along the margins. In mid-winter appear the fiery orange-red flowers clustered near the tips of the 2 foot tall branching inflorescence. Plant in a well-drained soil in full sun to light shade in the desert and water occasionally to infrequently. This plant is listed as not liking water in winter but we have found that it does well in our winter rainfall climate so long as drainage is good. Cold hardy down to at least 25° F - undamaged here at those temperatures in 2007. This plant comes from the mountains of eastern and central Africa (Uganda, Congo, Rwanda) where it is found in grasslands and thickets from 2,500-5,000 feet in elevation. It has been a reliable plant in southern California gardens for many years. There are several forms about including Aloe dawei 'Yellow' with yellow flowers and hybrids such as the beautiful 'Jacob's Ladder', introduced by the Huntington Botanic Garden (ISI 2003-17), the exceptionally tall and reblooming 'David's Delight' and the late blooming dark red-orange flowering 'Conejo Flame'. The German botanist Alwin Berger described this plant in 1906 without seeing it in habitat, naming it for Morley T. Dawe (1880-1943), Curator of the Botanical Garden at Entebbe, who sent him herbarium specimens, living plants and seed in 1905.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe dawei.
 
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