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Aloe 'Brass Hat'

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Scientific Name

Aloe 'Brass Hat'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe 'Brass Hat' is a succulent that forms rosettes of dark bronze leaves. It forms up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall clumps adorned throughout the year with brassy orange flowers. Rosettes grow up to 4.4 inches (11 cm) in diameter. It gets its best color in winter. Flowers appear in the fall on extremely long stalks.

Hardiness

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

Aloe 'Brass Hat'

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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, Aloe must never be allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.

Aloes 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 intense, 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

This succulent is sometimes listed as an Ed Hummel hybrid, but it is actually a hybrid created by John Bleck with a complicated but well-documented heritage, 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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