ISI 2014-15. Aloe 'Spiney'

David Verity is a noted horticulturist and plant breeder of various groups, including aloes. During his time as curator of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA from the 1960s to the 1990s he created a number of aloe hybrids, primarily of larger landscape species. One bears his name: Aloe 'David Verity'. Another is A. 'Spiney', named for its stout, pale-green leaves covered with darker teeth. Its parentage is A. ×spinosissima × A. marlothii. A. ×spinosissima is itself a hybrid of A. humilis (the toothy form known as var. echinata) and A. arborescens. The latter imparts the light-green foliage color to both A. ×spinosissima and A. 'Spiney'. A. marlothii, perhaps enhanced by the A. humilis in its lineage, makes A. 'Spiney' look like one of the spinier forms of A. marlothii and imparts its broad, channeled leaves though these are “minaturized” by A. humilis such that the rosettes of A. 'Spiney' mature at only about 35 cm. (1') across. We offer plants from tissue culture of HBG 73679 received in October, 1992. $8.


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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 86 (2), March - April, 2014