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Products > Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells'
Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells'

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange & Pink
Parentage: (Aloe pearsonii x Aloe mitriformis)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells' - Upright growing shrubby plant to about 2 feet tall with short lanceolate gray-green leaves that blush maroon in full sun and produce a capitate head of pendent tubular flowers that are pink in bud and open to a soft pastel orange. Plant in full sun to light shade (best foliage color with brightest light) in a well-drained soil and irrigate only occasionally to infrequently. We have had plants not damaged at 25 F and have seen reports that it is hardy to at least 20 F. This unique plant will make a nice addition in the garden planted in the ground or used as a potted specimen. It is a hybrid created by Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in 1991 that was the result of crossing the beautiful but slow growing, and difficult to cultivate, Aloe pearsonii with the faster growing and easy to grow Aloe mitriformis, which at the time of the cross was called Aloe distans (or A. perfoliata var. distans). Aloe pearsonii hails from an area called Helskloof in the mountainous Richtersveld of the Northern Cape province of South Africa where it forms large colonies with upright columnar branches of stubby red-blushed leaves and the pollen parent Aloe mitriformis is a plant that grows along the coast in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The cross made of these two geographically separated species resulted in a several similar hybrid plants that were distributed and this one was later named by John Trager at the Huntington Botanic Garden. It was distributed by the International Succulent Introduction (ISI) program in 2007 as ISI 2007-13 Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells'.  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 'Hellskloof Bells'.