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Aloe 'Thorny Warrior'

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 (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Winter
Parentage: (A. melanacantha hybrid)
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: Unknown
Aloe 'Thorny Warrior' - An upright growing plant to 3 feet tall or more that suckers from the base to form a cluster of many robust rosettes of upwardly held 1 foot long triangular shaped medium green leaves that have well spaced large yellow upwardly hooked teeth along the margins with a couple on the keel of the lower surface. The large pale orange flowers are tightly held in the top 18 inches of the 3 foot tall unbranched or sparing branched upright inflorescence in the fall. This plant is new to cultivation but based on its known parent, which inhabits arid conditions in northwest South Africa into Namibia, this plant will likely be best grown in full sun in a well drained soil with occasional irrigation. Hardiness is not known but it has withstood temperatures down to 30 F without damage and likely will tolerate temperatures well below this. Our plants are from seed collected by Nick Deinhart from a Aloe melanacantha growing in cultivation. It was originally thought to be pure seed from self-pollination but it quickly became clear that this plant was a hybrid, with speculation that it was a result of a cross with Aloe arborescens. The uniform seedlings produced robust plants with a nice form and beautiful flowers and we are now producing it through vegetative propagation. The name is one we came up with that references the parent plant Aloe melanacantha with the English translation of "thorny" for the Greek word 'acantha', from the nymph who scratched Apollos face and was then turned into an Acanthus plant. It is also a nod to Nick Deinhart whose name is of Old Germanic origin as one of the surnames derived from the male personal name "Degenhard" from 'degen' meaning "warrior" or "hero" and 'hard' meaning "brave" "hardy" or "strong".  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Aloe 'Thorny Warrior'.