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Aloe ‘Viper’ (Griffin Viper Hybrid Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe ‘Viper’

Common Names

Griffin Viper Hybrid Aloe

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aloe ‘Viper’ is a wild looking Aloe that forms a cluster of upright, up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall and wide rosettes of upright, bright green leaves that have raised orange-red bumps running longitudinally on all surfaces. The flowers are orange, not much taller than the foliage and appear in winter.

Hardiness

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

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

These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot Aloes 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 varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.

Aloe plants need 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 succulent 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

Aloe ‘Viper’ is one of the Kelly Griffin fancy-foliage hybrids that is being sold by Xeric Growers Nursery. As with many of Kelly’s hybrids, this plant involves the crossing of several species over a number of generations. Xeric Growers notes the inspiration for the name ‘Viper’ was that “it just looks like it is bleeding from every orifice. The raised red bumps appear to be erupting from the bright green leaves as if the plant had been injected with a deadly venom and is about to explode”.

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