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Aloe 'Lode's Yellow'
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Jordan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (Aloe koenenii hybrid?)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Aloe 'Lode's Yellow' - This succulent plant forms clusters of rosettes of upright fleshy gray leaves with large evenly spaced teeth along the margins. In spring to early summer appear the 2 to 3 foot tall unbranched inflorescences holding dark yellow flowers. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and give little to occasional irrigation - this is certainly a plant that will tolerate drought conditions. Hardiness is as yet determined but has handled temperatures just below freezing and likely is a bit hardier. This plant is a nice yellow flowering landscape aloe with attractive gray leaves very similar to Aloe porphyrostachys and attractive yellow flowers much like Aloe vera and blooming at the same time, but they are a little darker. We first received this plant unidentified from a plant growing in a Santa Barbara garden that had come from plantsman and CSSA journal editor Tim Harvey, who raised it from seed received as Aloe porphyrostachys ssp. koenenii from French world traveler, author and plant explorer Joel Lode. Aloe koenenii is a red to orange flowered aloe that grows naturally in rocky slopes above the ancient and historical city of Petra in southern Jordan, famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It was first described by John Lavranos and Kerstin Koch in 2006. The specific epithet honors the German horticultural Manfred Koenen, who collected the type specimen in Jordan. Lode was also responsible for the remaining Aloe koenenii as a variety of Aloe porphyrostachys in a 2007 edition of his journal, Cactus-Adventures International (73: 33). This name has been accepted by some and referenced in Aloe: The Definitive Guide (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2011) by Susan Carter, John Lavranos, Len Newton and Colin Walker but they listed the plant in this book as Aloe koenenii. To honor Joel Lode and to note that this particular plant, which likely is a Aloe koenenii hybrid, has yellow flowers instead of the normal carmine red to dark orange flowers of this species, we call this plant 'Lode's Yellow'.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe 'Lode's Yellow'.
 
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