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Products > Aloe 'Jacob's Ladder'
Aloe 'Jacob's Ladder' - Yellow Dawe Hybrid Aloe
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Africa, East (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Aloe dawei 'Yellow form]
Parentage: (Aloe dawei hybrid)
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 'Jacob's Ladder' (Yellow Dawe Hybrid Aloe) - A clump-forming nearly stemless shrub aloe that can form a clump to about 3 feet tall and wide with upright 2 foot wide rosettes holding bright green leaves that can blush reddish in winter when stressed. In mid-winter, rising about 2 feet above the leaves, appear the bright orange-yellow buds and flowers that are well spaced along the branching raceme and held horizontally, looking like rungs of a ladder. Plant in a well-drained soil in full sun to light shade in the desert and water occasionally to infrequently. Cold hardy down to at least 25 F - undamaged here at those temperatures in 2007. This plant was an International Succulent Introduction in 2003 (ISI 2003-170) of a plant that had for many years been growing at the Huntington Botanic Garden (HBG 29892) as a yellow form of the eastern and central African (Uganda, Congo, Rwanda) Aloe dawei, but was later determined to likely be a hybrid of that species. The name was inspired by the arrangement of the buds in reference Jacob's dream, as described in the Bible, where he saw angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven. The Huntington Botanic Garden in their description of this plant noted "the plant is particularly beautiful after a winter storm when each flower bud holds a drop of rainwater at its tip. Colorful buds give way to pendent flowers that extend the display over much of southern California's winter." For more information about the one suspected parent of this plant, see our listing for Aloe dawei. Our plants from the Huntington Botanic Garden.  Information displayed on this page about  Aloe 'Jacob's Ladder' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.