San Marcos Growers LogoSan Marcos Growers
New User
Wholesale Login
Enter Password
Home Products Purchase Gardens About Us Resources Contact Us
COVID-19 Response
Search Utilities
Plant Database
Search by Plant Name
Advanced Search Avanced Search Go Button
Search by size, origins,
color, cultural needs, etc.
Website Search Search Website GO button
Search for any word
Site Map
Retail Locator
Plant Listings

PLANT TYPE
PLANT GEOGRAPHY
PLANT INDEX
ALL PLANT LIST
PLANT IMAGE INDEX
PLANT INTROS
SPECIALTY CROPS
NEW  2021 PLANTS

PRIME LIST
  for AUGUST


Natives at San Marcos Growers
Succulents at San Marcos Growers
 Weather Station

 
Products > Aloe 'Giddy Flame'
 
Aloe 'Giddy Flame' - Giddy Flame Aloe
   
Image of Aloe 'Giddy Flame'
[2nd Image]
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange & Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (A. cryptopoda x A. arborescens)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe 'Giddy Flame' - A neat clustering non-trunk forming aloe with 2 foot tall rosettes of narrow gray-green leaves. In late winter into spring arise the branched inflorescences hold conical racemes of pinkish orange flowers that are darkest in bud near the top of the inflorescence and lighter as they open from the bottom up. Plant in full to part sun in a moderately well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. It is hardy to frost and short duration cold down to the low 20s. This is a very nice strong and showy aloe that is useful in smaller gardens as it doesn't get as robust as its one parent, the common Aloe arborescens. It has been growing since the mid 1970s in the Huntington Botanic Garden Desert Garden (as HBG 32489) and was received by them it in 1973 without a cultivar name just as Aloe cryptopoda x Aloe arborescens from the late Cynthia Giddy (1933-1998). Giddy was a South African conservationist and horticulturist who had a nursery called Umlaas Nursery in Natal, South Africa. The Huntington Botanic Garden released this plant through their International Succulent Introductions (ISI) program in 2001 as ISI 01-18 Aloe cryptopoda x Aloe arborescens and we were fortunate to get this plant from them to build up stock on. Much like another aloe that Cynthia Giddy did not actually designate with an appellation but bears her name, Aloe 'Cynthia Giddy', this plant is thought to be one of Giddy's own hybrids, but it seems that this information is no longer verifiable. Other plants we grow that came from Gidddy's Umlaas Nursery include Aloe 'Rooikappie', Aloe 'Tingtinkie' and Gasteria croucheri 'Cynthia Giddy'. This wonderful Aloe cryptopoda x A. arborescens hybrid plant has gone nearly 50 years without a cultivar name but it was also not widely circulated commercially. In 2020, as we put out the first crops of this plant to sell in our field, we hereby name it 'Giddy Flame' to honor Cynthia Giddy and also to reference its fiery red hot poker like flowers. The images showing this plant flowering in the Huntington's Desert Garden courtesy of John Trager.  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 'Giddy Flame'.
 
  [MORE INFO]