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Products > Aloe dawei 'Yellow'
Aloe dawei 'Yellow' - Yellow Dawe's Aloe
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Africa, East (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [A. beniensis, A. pole-evansii]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe dawei 'Yellow' (Yellow Dawe's Aloe) - A clump-forming shrub aloe with thick stems that elongate to 1-2 feet tall 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 and a reddish flush to the new growth. In mid-winter upwardly inclined red tipped yellow flower buds appear clustered near the tips of the 2-foot-tall red stemmed branching inflorescences and droop downwards as the golden yellow flowers open.

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. A nice smaller attractive aloe that adds a bit of winter color to the garden.

Aloe dawei comes from the mountains of eastern and central Africa (Uganda, Congo, Rwanda) and it is listed with several forms, including those with yellow flowers. This yellow form has many of the nice attributes of the typical red flowering Dawe's Aloe, except it remains smaller and has flowers that are a dark golden yellow borne on a well branched red stemmed inflorescence. We received this plant in 2005 labeled Aloe dawei from Stockton succulent collector Alice Waidhofer and were surprised to see when it bloomed that it had yellow flowers. Some have speculated that a similar looking plant is a hybrid of Aloe dawei with Aloe dorotheae, but that hybrid plant has spotted foliage that is unlike this one. It is also quite different from another attractive plant that we grow that the Huntington Botanic Garden originally introduced as Aloe dawei 'Yellow' but later named 'Jacob's Ladder'. We have sold this aloe since 2015. 

This information about Aloe dawei 'Yellow' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.