Plant ID forum→Spiky succulentish grassy thing on the brink of death

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alizards
May 23, 2018 1:11 PM CST
Hi, when I moved into my house this plant was here. it used to be green but it has gone a bit red/brown now. I need to find out what it is so I can save it! (think it definitely needs repotting)
Thanks!
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
May 23, 2018 1:52 PM CST
Hi alizards, Welcome!

I'm not really sure what your plant is but it appears to be a type of succulent and it reminds me of a little Aloe I used to grow. I'm sure someone will recognize it and be able to offer suggestions as to it's identity. I think many succulents will turn colors due to change in climate conditions, like cooler temperatures and also some turn brown to red when grown in high light. The little Aloe in my photo below was dark green until I moved it to a lot of sun:

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mcvansoest
May 23, 2018 5:25 PM CST
It has a Gasteria feel to me. A close relative of the Aloe.

If it is indeed a Gasteria, the plant will go brown to red due to stress, which can be caused by lack of water, too much heat/sun, or too little heat/sun. A bigger pot would help. There is a good chance that roots have filled most of the pot and that there is little soil left, which means that water gets poorly retained and can lead to lack of water stress even if it has been watered regularly.
While you want to keep succulents in well draining soil and pots, if the water drains too fast the plant gets very little chance to retain any.
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Baja_Costero
May 23, 2018 5:30 PM CST
Looks a little like a really old "Black Gem", which is supposed to be a hybrid between an aloe and a Haworthia. That plant turns brown in the sun and will be green in the shade. The color is a feature, not a sign of anything wrong. Smiling Separate the clump carefully, and wait a week to water the individual plants afterwards.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
May 23, 2018 5:52 PM CST
LOL, I had heard of Gasteria and Gasteraloe but XAlworthia is a new one for me! For comparison here's our database entry for Aloe (XAlworthia 'Black Gem') and two of the three photos from the database:

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