|Aloe aristata X Aloe variegata is a very hardy and
attractive plant. The leaves short, broad and packed in the rosette. The color of
the leaves are bright green with a fine dotted pattern.
|This hybrid comes from the Sutherland area, where the largest SA
Observatory is situated because of the clear sky - that is, very dry air, which
include extreme temperatures from very hot to well bellow freezing.
|Before anybody in the cold countries get excited, many aloes take
freezing when dry, the problem is wet and cold at the same time. The hybrid
had no problem in our winter rain conditions (we have no frost).
|It can be stated that this hybrid can compare in hardiness to A.aristata
|The hybrid makes offsets but we were not successful in pollinating the
seeds. This hybrid bloomed the same time as A.variegata.
The flowers and racemes were very much like A.variegata. Easy to compare as
they bloomed the same time next to each other
|It was very disappointing when no seeds were produced on the hybrid using
pollen from A.variegata
|Aloe variegata is well
known and popularity as indoor plant in many countries around the world. All it needs is
|Plant this little aloe on stones to keep it dry outside in the
garden. Very important! Keep away the ants with their pets plant lice.
The ants carry the lice in the crevices of the leaves where they can not be seen untill
the plant collapse.