ISI 2008-9. Aloe ‘Macho Pink’ Bleck

This somewhat conflicted hybrid is another developed by John Bleck in the early 1980s but still not as widely distributed as it deserves. It is one of Bleck’s “first four introductions” series developed for their desirable flowers which are produced nearly non-stop throughout the year. Its floriferousness is derived from its Madagascan parents, in particular A. descoingsii and A. parvula, while the narrow-campanulate flowers on slender, erect inflorescences and pinkish, white-tipped petals combine features of A. albiflora and A. bellatula. The four species in the parentage of this hybrid were crossed according to the following formula: (A. descoingsii × A. parvula) × (A. albiflora × A. bellatula). The selection made and named by Bleck is his number 1372A. Rooted offsets of HBG 52127. $8.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 80 (2), March - April, 2008