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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Reddish orange
Flower Time: Year Round
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Stems cut below a node root easily. Cut a stem that has gotten leggy, let it dry out for at least a few hours to form a seal on the cut surface. Place the cutting in rooting medium kept moist, but not wet, until roots form.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Aloe
Also sold as:
  • Gasteria 'Cynthia Giddy'

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Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-11-29
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-08-16
Leaf undersides have lots of spots
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-01-10
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-10-08
3 gallon (10 inch) pot
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-03-31
3 gallon (10 inch) pot, early spring
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-09-01
Location: Baja California
Date: 2012-01-21
Location: Baja California
Date: 2015-12-03
Location: Baja California
Date: 2017-02-17
Midwinter green blush
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-07-11
Location: Baja California
Date: 2024-07-19
Decurved leaves, scalloped margins
Location: San Marino
Date: 2014-06-06
Huntington Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
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Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
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  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 16, 2018 7:12 PM concerning plant:
    Attractive clumping spotted aloe hybrid which undergoes dramatic color changes in response to sun, drought or cold stress. In the shade this plant is green, and in the sun it's a dull reddish brown. Fresh cuttings turn reddish brown, then turn green again when they have rooted. Leaves have a few spots on top and lots of spots underneath.

    This plant may flower at almost any time year round, often in the summer. So it is an excellent complement to the more common winter-flowering aloes in a succulent garden, if your goal is to attract hummingbirds year round. Inflorescences may have a few branches. Racemes are capitate. Flowers are orangey red, with a slightly enlarged base. They attract bees and hummingbirds at different phases.

    This aloe stays low and clumps, but not out of hand. It is an excellent companion for a plant that the South African grower Cynthia Giddy hybridized: "Rooikappie", which shares a few things in common: it stays low, turns reddish brown colors in the sun, and may flower year round. Both plants appear to have some Aloe zubb (fka sinkatana) in them.

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