Many landscapes in the Southwest have aloes plunked around in them. But instead of just plunking something in there – why not have a beautiful flowering aloe to attract hummingbirds?! Wendy Proud, a representative for Rancho Soledad Nursery, shares one of her favorites in this guest post.
One of the first to spike (produce a spike of flowers) is the tangerine aloe (Aloe x Tangerine). This cross between Aloe ferox and Aloe arborescens was shared by the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino California over 25 yrs ago. Rancho Soledad Nursery has been growing ever since.
It’s A Big Plant!
The unique growth habit of this upright, clumping aloe is very attractive, pulling the blue coloration and upright form from Aloe ferox to create a handsome specimen reaching 5 feet by 5 feet at maturity. The tall spires of hot orange flowers rise above the chalky blue succulent leaves in mid-winter just when some hot color is needed!
Tangerine Aloe Care
Low water use and virtually no maintenance for this one and adapting well to both coastal California and warmer inland exposures. However you’re bringing it into the mix, you won’t go wrong with Aloe x Tangerine! This flowering succulent gives you lots of pizazz!
Wendy Proud, Rancho Soledad Nursery
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Featured image: Tangerine aloe, photo courtesy of Rancho Soledad Nursery.