Plant ID forum: Coral Aloe (Aloe striata)

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Sep 3, 2011 10:37 AM CST
I bought this plant at one of the Big Box stores a while ago. To give you an idea of the scale, the leaves are about the width of my hand and very thick. I assumed it was some kind of Aloe, but I can't find any Aloe described as such. It is very fleshy and succulent. The leaves break easily , and don't have the fibrous texture you would associate with Agave.
Any ideas?
I love it, by the way. Never saw another one or I would have bought more.


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dave
Sep 3, 2011 10:49 AM CST

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There are hundreds of species of Aloe, and I'm not sure what I've never seen an untoothed on. This one is not toothed and that makes me think it's not an aloe vera. Perhaps a Haworthia?
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Sep 3, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Will start investigating that now, thanks Dave!
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Dutchlady1
Sep 3, 2011 11:32 AM CST
OK that is beginning to seem more likely.
Of course there are also hundreds of species of Haworthia so I will probably be looking for a while..... Smiling but that's what I do....
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Sep 3, 2011 11:37 AM CST
Do they get that big? The ones I am looking at (and some others that I have) are all really small, this plant is very big, about 24 inches across.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 3, 2011 12:10 PM CST
Hetty, my first thought was Agave of some sort but it might be Aloe striata which I've heard is spineless. I hate to give a link to that other site but read Palmbob's comments:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/61439/#b

http://www.google.com/search?q=aloe+striata&hl=en&biw=1421&b...
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Sep 3, 2011 12:58 PM CST
It appears it very well may be A. striata which has pinkish leaf margins as it appears your plant may have? I can't exactly tell from the picture.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Sep 3, 2011 1:48 PM CST
I think you have got it!! This is what I have found, and yes, the margins are red, and it has no teeth. Acorns to both of you!! Hurray!
Aloe striata, native to Africa, forms large, nearly stemless rosettes with broad leaves to 2' in length. Leaves are fleshy, to 6" in width, glaucous light green and have no marginal teeth. The flat surface of the leaves is lineate, or banded lengthwise with thin stripes of deeper green color. The leaf margins are slightly hardened and pink. Candelabras of beautiful coral tubular flowers provide excellent contrast to color of rosette, as well as being very appealing to hummingbirds. Excellent for rock gardens, patios or as landscape borders.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Sep 3, 2011 2:09 PM CST
Well, Lin rang in first, but thank you. It's a beautiful plant! Lucky you to have it! Luv aloes, but they are not hardy here so I don't have many anymore compared to what I had in CA. Do you have quite a few?

Do keep an eye out for Aloe mites. Some aloes are more prone to them than others. You may already know this.

I don't think there is a forum for soft succulents yet?


Neither one of these is a very good picture of little A. 'Christmas Carol'. One of my faves. Big Grin


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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 3, 2011 2:24 PM CST
Hetty: Thank you for the Acorn ... so sweet of you! Your plant is really pretty and I think I read that in the cooler temp's of winter it's supposed to get rose colored edges. But, alas ... you live in SW Florida so you may not see much color change. Big Grin
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Sep 3, 2011 5:08 PM CST
No it actually has pink edges on the leaves already.I haven't yet seen it bloom!
Tee, they say mites are more a problem in dry conditions and we don't generally have those.
I love the little Christmas Carol!!
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Sep 3, 2011 5:14 PM CST
No, you probably wouldn't have the mites unless you have them indoors.

Please post another picture when yours blooms. Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 3, 2011 5:14 PM CST
Tee: That Aloe is absolutely adorable! I've never seen a tiny one like that, and in bloom no less ... great growing!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Sep 4, 2011 3:56 PM CST
Thanks, Lin. That's its mature size, more or less, but it will spread. Cold hardy to about 25ยบ so I can leave it outside longer than most of my other tender succulents. It has much to recommend it. Thumbs up
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lauriebasler
Oct 26, 2016 9:37 PM CST
@SongofJoy, I love your little aloe too. Is there a reason it is called Christmas Carol
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 27, 2016 8:31 AM CST
lauriebasler said:@SongofJoy, Is there a reason it is called Christmas Carol

Laurie, the name was given to the plant by whoever hybridized and created that particular cultivar: Aloe (Aloe 'Christmas Carol') and what a great name for such a pretty Aloe. I love the pinkish-red margins!

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