ISI 2011-18. Aloe ‘Fiesta’ Bleck

This is one of John Bleck’s collector series selected from his 1980s hybridization program. Most of his named selections have been offered through the ISI. This one has been only sparingly available because it is slower to propagate. Tissue culture has sped up this process so that we can now officially publish the name and distribute the plant more widely. It forms dense, eventually somewhat columnar rosettes of recurved leaves. Its toothiness and mottled coloration resemble those of a brittle sea-star, characters contributed by its parents and best summarized by its hybrid formula name, (A. bakeri × A. parvula) × A. parvula. Rooted offsets of HBG 52125, a plant received from John Bleck (# 1488) in 1984. $8.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 83 (2), March - April, 2011