ISI 2013-11. Aloe ‘Brown Betty’

Four of Karen Zimmerman’s dwarf “Fantasy” aloe hybrids have been introduced to date: ‘Dragon’,‘DZ’, and ‘Gargoyle’ in 2010 and ‘Princess Jack’ in 2011. Her hybridization work continues to reveal new combinations of pattern, color and toothiness. Aloe ‘Brown Betty’ is a selection from the cross of Kelly Griffin’s (KG) # 5 hybrid with Nathan Wong’s ‘Aumakua Mano’, making it a sibling of Aloe ‘Gargoyle’. The parentage of those parents is too elaborate to detail here or even to have been fully recorded. In any case, ‘Brown Betty’, in winter, is reddish-brown splashed with cream, like some delicious dessert and some of the white spots surround pinkish-tipped teeth. In summer the brownish parts go green. Rooted plants from tissue-culture of HBG 109996. $15.

Photo © 2013 by Karen Zimmerman. Images may not be used elsewhere without permission.

Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 85 (2), March - April, 2013