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Aloe 'William Hertrich'

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange & Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (Aloe burgersfortensis hybrid?)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Aloe 'William Hertrich' - A cespitose or short stemmed clustering aloe with rosettes to 18 to 24 inches tall holding light green leaves that blush red and have numerous evenly spaced pale teeth along the margins. In winter on into spring reddish-pink flowers in in conical shaped racemes are borne atop a 6 foot tall branching inflorescence. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Irrigate only occasionally. This old cultivar has been growing at the Huntington Botanic Gardens since around 1929 and so has persisted through the coldest of winters there and likely hardy down at least to short duration temperatures of 20 F. This should prove to be a great aloe for mass planting with its attractive low rosettes and tall showy winter and spring flowers. This plant has long been growing at the Huntington Botanic Garden and is a hybrid that long time garden manager William Hertrich (1878-1966) created, possibly involving Aloe burgersfortensis, a maculate aloe from Burgersfort in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. For years it resided in Desert Garden Bed 16 simply as Aloe HBG 16446 but it performed so well that Gary Lyons, the former Curator of the Desert Garden at the Huntington, named it after Aloe 'William Hertrich'. In 2018 micropropagated (tissue cultured) plants were released in the Huntington's International Succulent Introduction program as Aloe 'William Hertrich' Lyons ISI 2018-14 and in 2019 we were fortunate to get plants from the Huntington to grow on.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Aloe 'William Hertrich'.