Plant ID forum: Aloe Identification

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Name: Nevada_Mike
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Nov 12, 2016 10:25 PM CST
What kind of aloe is this? I bought it at a store and it was labeled aloe assorted.

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Nov 13, 2016 1:09 AM CST
Welcome Mike!

Usually when they sell these kind of little Aloes as Aloe assorted or Aloe sp. it means that it is in all likelihood an unnamed hybrid that the nursery that mass produced it got from a hybridizer who did not want it. So establishing an actual ID that would hold up to scrutiny is going to be hard. It definitely looks like Aloe 'Doran Black', but unless it actually came named it is really hard to be sure, even with flowers, given that these are almost all hybrids and selected cultivars of hybrids that can look really similar, so while you should definitely compare it to Aloe 'Doran Black' especially when it flowers it is going to be really hard to be sure that it is actually that.
Name: Lin
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Nov 13, 2016 8:47 AM CST
It does resemble Aloe 'Doran Black' but if there was no label with an exact cultivar name, it's probably going to be impossible to identify it.

I hope you will consider uploading your photo to the general database entry for all Aloes (Aloe)
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