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Aloe 'Brown-Powys 21'

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe 'Brown-Powys 21' - A stemless succulent that grows prolifically, offsets its small rosettes, which are only 6 to 8 inches wide and under 6 inches tall, to form wide dense patches with broad based short triangular leaves that are a deep blue-green color, heavily white spotted, and blushing a deep reddish brown in full sun. The offsets, interestingly, initially have leaves in 2 ranks (distichous) but form typical rosettes with age. In spring appear the orange red flowers on unbranched stalks rising no more than 1 foot above the foliage. Plant in light shade to full sun. Irrigate occasionally to very little. Hardy to about 25 degrees F but can be damaged at temperatures below this and rebound from below ground. This is a great ground cover aloe that can grow as a dense cover in and out of shade. There are at least 2 clones circulating in the trade under the name " Brown-Powys #21" and the one we are offering is the more spotted one, while another has few spots. The name comes from a combination of the family names of aloe enthusiasts who lived and botanized in Tanzania, Kenya and southern Ethiopia, though it is not clear whether this plant was collected by the botanist Ann Powys and her previous husband, Ken Brown, a botanical artist, or Ann's father, Gilfrid Powys. There is some suggestion that this plant is the same as Aloe congdonii that was described in 1994 by Susan Carter or perhaps a form of Aloe kilifiensis or Aloe lateritia. Brian Kemble at the Ruth Bancroft Garden, from where we got this plant, tells us that he discussed these possibilities with John Lavranos, co-author of "Aloes:The Definitive Guide", and Mr Lavronos suspects this plant to be a hybrid.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe 'Brown-Powys 21'.