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Aloe 'Dragon'
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Aloe 'Dragon' - A small decorative aloe with 8 inch wide rosettes on short upright stems holding narrow arching leaves that are a milky blue-green with contrasting pink tubercles and pink marginal spines. In spring arise the 2 foot tall slender sparingly branched inflorescences bearing narrow tubular orange-red flowers that have a greenish tip. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Hardiness is not well known on this relatively new hybrid but it has tolerated short duration temperatures down to 30°F (the coldest temperatures we have has since we started growing this plant!) but others note it to be hardy to 25°F. This hybrid was created was by Karen Zimmerman, Succulent Plant Propagator at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, who made the selection from hybrid seedlings that resulted in a cross she did between two of her previous interspecific hybrids (clones 1 and 2) of "KZ#1", which were both the result of crossing Aloe divaricata with Aloe parvula, both which are Aloe species that come from Madagascar. This plant was given Huntington Botanic Garden Accession number HBG 93165 and was initiated in the garden's micropropagation laboratory (tissued culture) and the resulting plants introduced in 2010 through the Huntington's International Succulent Introduction program as ISI 2010-11 Aloe 'Dragon'. The cultivar name was chosen to honor one of Karen’s nephew, who is known by the nickname Dragon. Our plants were propagated from a single plant purchased from Karen Zimmerman when she spoke about her aloe breeding programs to the Santa Barbara Cactus and Succulent Society in May 2015. We also grow Karen's Aloe 'Brown Betty'Information displayed on this page about  Aloe 'Dragon' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.