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Aloe 'Brass Hat'

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Scientific Name

Aloe 'Brass Hat'

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe 'Brass Hat' is a hybrid Aloe with dark bronze leaves and rosettes forming clumps of up to 1 feet (30 cm) adorned throughout the year with brassy orange flowers. They appear in the fall and are on extremely long stalks.  It is sometimes listed as an Ed Hummel hybrid, but it is actually a hybrid created by John Bleck.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it's essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.

Aloe are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot plants in the spring that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball. Some kinds of Aloe will send off off-sets that can be potted independently.

It needs strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun, once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C), but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a cactus fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe

Origin

It is sometimes listed as an Ed Hummel hybrid, but it is actually a hybrid created by John Bleck. The cross, as follows (Aloe haworthioides x Aloe bakeri) x ((Aloe descoingsii x Aloe calcairophila (basically Aloe 'Pepe') x again to Aloe bakeri).

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