Aloe 'Red Bird' – A large shrubby succulent likely to get to 6 feet tall or more by as wide with thick gray-green recurved leaves. In mid-winter appear the stout few branching inflorescences with tight terminal spikes of narrow dark orange-red buds that open a salmon-red color from the bottom of the spike up.
Plant in full sun to light shade. Based on its parentage this plant should prove to be both drought tolerant and hardy to moderate cold – we have only tested it to 27° F, but likely can go at least a few degrees colder. This is a selection made at our nursery in 2014 from seedlings grown from seed provided to us in March 2007 by Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Botanic Garden. The seed parent of this open pollinated hybrid was Aloe arborescens and its pollen parent is speculated to be Aloe thraskii. We also selected a second seedling that has thicker and shorter inflorescences of flowers that have dark orange buds and open to reveal yellow orange flowers that we call < href="plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=3284" target="blank">'Birds and Bees'.
Information about Aloe 'Red Bird' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.