Aloe I.D.?


Considering this plant. It is awesome but also expensive. 6″ pot, dwarf and clump forming are both things I like in my Aloes and this one adds some very nice colour.

Also, anyone know what it might be?


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Plant lover living in Toronto, Canada where I grow a wide range of plants in a very small space.
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8 Responses to Aloe I.D.?

  1. I don’t know what it is (there are quite a few possibilities, and I’m not fully versed on the distinctions between them; ‘Carmine‘ or ‘Tony‘ would be my guess if I had to guess), but if I can share my experiences with the possibly-related ‘Silver Ridge’ and ‘Pink Blush’:

    Both SR and PB turned to quivering green Jell-O on me after I attempted to repot them in something a little less water-retentive than the high-peat soil they were in at the store. I’ve salvaged one tiny piece of SR, which seems to be doing okay; PB is about half its previous size, continues to lose offsets, and has never gotten enough light to bring back the color it had when I bought it. It could be that I was rough with them, that the greenhouse where I bought them sucked, or etc., but they’ve made a poor impression on me. So the plant is gorgeous, obviously, but I wouldn’t touch it myself, especially not if it’s expensive.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks, I think I’ll pass on it this time, especially because of the high price. If it were a 4″ for less though I might give it a try. The soil it’s in now isn’t actually too bad.

  2. That aloe is gorgeous, I really like it. Too bad it was pricey. Maybe the red is just from hapless victims that didn’t see the jagged points. 🙂

  3. ricki says:

    Looks like my ‘Carmine’

    • Andrew says:

      It does look very similar. Most images I’ve been able to find though show either a young plant or a closeup so it’s hard to say for sure. I’ll probably put it down in my books as Aloe “probably ‘Carmine'”

  4. Paul VA says:

    Im pretty sure its ‘christmas carol’

  5. Brendan says:

    99% sure it is Aloe ‘Christmas Carol’ – It’s a winter blooming Kelly Griffin hybrid that was recently named. Not sure what the parents are, but Kelly’s done some amazing things with Aloes. Robin at Succulent Gardens Nursery ( is growing and selling a lot of these now.

  6. Yes, it’s Chrismas Carol Aloe for sure. I have one as well. I bought mine from Green Design in San Jose. It was definitely pricier than the other specimens. Succulent Gardens Nursery is the place to go if you’re ever around Castroville, CA.

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