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Aloe humilis x pratensis - Deinhart hybrids

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
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 information about Aloe humilis x pratensis displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.