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Products > Aloe humilis x pratensis
 
Aloe humilis x pratensis - Deinhart hybrids
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe humilis x pratensis (Deinhart hybrids) - A small clustering aloe that grows less than a foot tall with 6 inch wide rosettes of upright lanceolate gray leaves that are covered in white teeth (tubercles) on all surfaces. In summer appear 1 foot tall unbranched spikes of pale orange flowers. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Both parents are fairly drought tolerant but need good drainage so best to avoid over watering particularly in winter. Both parents also come from moderately high elevations and winter hardiness should prove to be at least down to the low 20s F. This is a hybrid created by aloe breeder Nick Deinhart and was the result of crossing the Spider Aloe, Aloe humilis with the Rocky Meadow Aloe, Aloe pratensis. He then selected the 3 best seedlings and crossed them back with each other, making the resulting seedlings 2nd generation or F2 plants. The resulting plants seem to more resemble Aloe humilis, a species we have had some difficulty keeping happy, so our hope is that this cross might have what some call "hybrid vigor" or at least a mix of genes that could allow for a more dependable plant. The specific epithet of the parent plants are "humilis" meaning "low growing" in reference to the plant's growth habit and "pratensis" meaning "growing in a meadow", though it is often noted that Aloe pratensis is a plant that really grows in rocky soils. We received the seed from this cross on June 3, 2014 and are making individual selections, which we plan to name.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe humilis x pratensis.
 
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