In Australia, Aloe-Aloe Horticulture will soon be releasing 2 new exciting aloe hybrids – Aloe ‘Bumble Bee’ and Aloe ‘Spots and Dots’.
These new Aloe-Aloe hybrid aloes now bring the range to 32 unique sun perennials representing a breakthrough in floral genetics, an innovation 37 years in the making. Bred by Leo Thamm of Sunbird Aloes in Johannesburg to provide dynamic, long living colour, they are easy to care for and are versatile, being both drought tolerant as well as heavy rain tolerant. By crossing various species of aloe the best features of all parents (sometimes up to 8 parents) are bred into a one-of-a-kind cultivar which adds life and colour, boasts exceptional flowering as well as heat tolerance to last through our Australian summer scorchers.
Improved flowering traits are flowering as younger plants (aloes species can take many years to reach flowering maturity), longer flowering (some for up to 9 months) and more prolific flowering than pure aloe species. Whilst most of the flowering takes place in the autumn and winter months, cultivars are able to be selected that flower at different times of the year, so effectively flowering is able to be delivered for most of the year.
Aloe Bumble Bee ™ (Aloe Hybrid ‘LEO 6658’ )
Tall elegant red flower spires appear in winter above the compact decorative ornamental ball shaped plant comprising of short pointed dark green leaves with white warty soft spines (20cm x 20cm)
A unique and sought after small to medium sized tough sun perennial for Australian gardens, not just for its flowering but for its special leaf form. The beautifully shaped greyish leaves contain numerous ‘spots and dots’, even more on the underside than the upper surface. Established plants are capable of putting on an amazing show of red-to-yellow bi-coloured flowers from late summer and through winter. (40cm x 30cm).