Scientific: Aloe x spinosissima (possible a garden hybrid between A. arborescens and A. humilis)
Common: gold toothed aloe
Family: Asphodelaceae (formerly Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: South Africa

Pronounciation: AL-o x spin-o-sis-SEE-ma

Hardiness zones
Sunset
12 and 13 with protection, 16-24
USDA 9-11

Landscape Use: Small scale xeriscape ground cover for light shade areas, accent plant.

Form & Character: Succulent, spreading

Growth Habit: Evergreen, herbaceous perennial that spreads slowly by rhizome. Foliage might extend to 2 feet above the ground surface.

Foliage/texture: Basal clumps of pointed yellow serrated succulent strap shaped leaves to 30 inches long. Leaves are wider in sun and thinner in shade; coarse texture.

Flowers & fruits: Arborescent (branched) stalks producing many tubular orange flowers; fruits are green and multi-carpulate, not showy.

Seasonal color: Brilliantly colored winter flowers.

Temperature: Intolerant of freezing temperatures.

Light: Light shade is best in Phoenix.

Soil: Tolerant

Watering: Infrequent irrigations

Pruning: Removal of dead flower stalks.

Propagation: Division of clumps

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: Hybrid aloe within a genus containing literally hundreds and hundreds of species and species hybrids. Attracts hummingbirds when in bloom.