Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: help me identify this plant

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ce61agg
Dec 27, 2017 4:42 AM CST
i'm thinking it's an aloe marlothii...but i have no idea really Hurray!


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Stush2019
Dec 28, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Aloe Marlothii Mountain Aloe? Possible. Here's pictures of mine;

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These look similar but more greenish. They are Aloe aculeata Prickly Aloe
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Many thanks to Palmbob who helped me to ID them.
They were in a mixed group of seeds purchased on Ebay.
Also interesting note; They don't produce offsets so only from seed can you propagate these guys.
Where did you get yours?
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Baja_Costero
Dec 28, 2017 11:55 AM CST

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It could be a few different things but may quite likely get large. Smiling Aloe marlothii tends to grow in 2 rows when young, like Stush's plants. It also tends to be quite well armed.

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There are about 15 or 20 aloes in the ballpark of the seedling pictured so I don't think you're going to be able to pin it down until it matures. The only way to know for sure is to see the flowers. Marlothii inflorescences are usually sideways sweeping and the flowers are always secund (pointing in one direction from the stalk, usually up).

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Here for seasonal interest is what the same plant looks like after 7 months of drought... clearly in a bad mood, but it will bounce right back and flower with the winter rains.

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And for what it's worth, Aloe marlothii is quite difficult to distinguish from Aloe ferox until it flowers. It tends to be bigger and spinier, but there's enough variation in both species that there are plenty of exceptions to the general rule. I'm not sure your plant is either species (or a species at all), this just a bit of useful advice since those are the two most common single-stemmed tree aloes in cultivation.

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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 29, 2017 7:42 AM CST
Stush2019 said:Aloe Marlothii Mountain Aloe? Possible. Here's pictures of mine;

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These look similar but more greenish. They are Aloe aculeata Prickly Aloe
Thumb of 2017-12-28/Stush2019/f2e8e7
Many thanks to Palmbob who helped me to ID them.
They were in a mixed group of seeds purchased on Ebay.
Also interesting note; They don't produce offsets so only from seed can you propagate these guys.
Where did you get yours?


Those are so pretty. I want them.
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plantmanager
Dec 29, 2017 10:54 AM CST
They are beautiful!
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Stush2019
Dec 29, 2017 1:31 PM CST
Jai, Those are nice but knowing just how big they are going to be. I am planing on giving away to my church who has big bright sunny windows year round. They have a area where kids can't get to them and would be just perfect for the spot. I plan on making a post with pictures soon. My big tall euphorbias would fit in nicely with them. That window area goes up to about 20 feet. And my E. lactea Variegated 'Ghost' and E. trigona Ruba should fit the bill.
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plantmanager
Dec 29, 2017 1:47 PM CST
That sounds like it will make a very nice grouping for your church, Stush. You can keep an eye on them, and kids and critters can't bother them.
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Dec 29, 2017 2:05 PM CST
But remember to add "no watering please" signs. We have a window like that in our church sanctuary. I filled it with Parlor Palms and Ficus plants. The well meaning ladies of the Church watered them to death - they felt I didn't water enough. We replaced them with fake succulents and ferns that looked incredibly life like. The ladies water them too. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Dec 29, 2017 2:08 PM CST
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plantmanager
Dec 29, 2017 2:09 PM CST
Long ago I gave a very lifelike silk poinsettia to my mom when she was in the hospital at Christmas. The nurses were watering it! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Frenchy21
Dec 29, 2017 11:07 PM CST
Couple years back I gave a good friend of mine a small Poinsettia plant. Some time later I went to visit her and the plant was dead. She thought it was a silk plant that didn't need watering. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Dec 30, 2017 12:05 AM CST
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Stush2019
Dec 30, 2017 1:38 PM CST
I could put an elect fence around it with sign saying touch me. Just kidding, but that's my problem (over watering).
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Servaline
Dec 30, 2017 4:30 PM CST
I'm new, but I do have quite a few aloes and I'd guess x nobilis.
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Stush2019
Dec 31, 2017 1:29 PM CST
Welcome Shea. We love pictures Smiling

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