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Products > Aloe chabaudii 'Dan's Tangerine
Aloe chabaudii 'Dan's Tangerine - Pale Orange Dwala Aloe

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Rhodesia (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Aloe nitens, A. pycnacantha]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe chabaudii 'Dan's Tangerine' (Dwala Aloe) A clustering aloe that can form large groups with rosettes to 2 feet tall of up to 30 bluish-green leaves that are often flushed with pink when grown in full sun. The leaves are broadest at their base (4 inches wide) and taper toward the tip, usually without any spots on the leaves but with grayish-white small teeth along the margins. Plants are usually acaulescent but can have a short stem. In mid-winter appear the flowering stems that rise just above the foliage in a much-branched pyramid-shaped panicle bearing up to 15 ascending racemes crowned at the tip with reddish-orange tubular flowers - there are other color forms but this one is our favorite. We also grow flowers a variety with golden orange flowers that has shorter inflorescences and blooms the earliest called'Orange Burst' and one with darker orange flowers that blooms the latest called 'Dark Orange' all are very nice. Plant in full sun to part shade - the foliage color is best in bright light but will require some protection in hotter inland locations. This plant comes from a summer rainfall climate and can thrive with occasional to regular irrigation in summer, and none other than rainfall in winter. It has proven hardy for short durations to 25F and may prove hardier. Makes a good container plant or used in mass in a succulent garden. This is a widespread plant with many color forms from habitat that ranges from northeastern South Africa north to Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi, where it grows on the lower slopes of hills, on rocky granite outcrops and granite kopjes, often in dense colonies. The type locality is not known but Dr. Selmar Schonland, the South African botanist, thought it to be from southern Zimbabwe (then known then as Rhodesia) when he described it in 1950. Schonland stated that "this very distinctive new species was collected by a Mr. J.M. Brown when on a hunting trip to the Zambezi. It was given by him to Mr. John A. Chabaud, in whose garden it flowered, and to whom I owe the opportunity of describing it." Other sources note that Chaubad was a well-known and enthusiastic amateur gardener from of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and it is nice that Schonland honored him by naming the plant as he did. The common name sometimes given this plant is Dwala Aloe for its typical habitat - a dwala is a word used to describe a large unbroken dome of granite in Zimbabwe but it is also called Chabaud's Aloe. We originally received this cultivar from Santa Barbara resident and succulent collector Dan Ovadia.  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 chabaudii 'Dan's Tangerine'.