Agave/Aloe id please

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  1. longk

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    I bought this from Lidl a couple of years ago for a couple of quid. It was in a small pot but now stands 26cm tall and has a 25cm span. Rather hardy as it has survived the big freeze I suffered in the greenhouse this winter.
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    Thanks in anticipation.
     
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    I'm not sure but it looks like one I grew outside permanently years ago called Aloe Cristata. It used to form little spreading rosettes like a Sempervivum.
     
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      On three other forums two names have came up - Aloe ferox and (more likely) A.marlothii.

      http://www.succulents.co.za/aloes/single-stemmed-aloes/aloe-marlothii.php

      Quote from the above page.................

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      Description of Aloe marlothii:
      Stem: Stems are solitary and may reach a height of up to 6 meters in height, the average specimen only reaches between 2m - 4m in height."

      A.ferox may be more manageable....................
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      Description of Aloe ferox:
      Stem: Aloe ferox can reach a height of up to 5 meters in mature specimens but it is usually only 2 meters on average."
       
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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      Dont think its A.ferrox, I've got one of those and it looks similar, but different if that makes sense.
       
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      Yes it does as this has more spines on the actual leaf than A.ferox although it was said that could be due to it still being relatively juvenile. Time will tell.
       
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      NO, I dont get the white areas around the thorns.
      Not sure but I dont think ferrox would withstand a freeze
       
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        Just double checked the answer on the other forum - it was A.broomii that applied to :doh:
        Ignore me!! Been a baaaad day so far :frown:
         
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          What??!!! There are other forums???!!! How is that possible???!!!! This is the only gardening forum you'll ever need...isn't it??? :old:
           
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            longk,

            It is Aloe aculeata
            The white base to the brown thorns are distinctive.

            It is from the Northern bushveld areas of South Africa. So warmer (5°C at least) temps over winter. Am quite surprised it survived an extended freeze!

            Forms a similar rosette to A broomii
            About a meter across with leaves a meter tall or so.
             
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            Young man - I believe that you may just have nailed it! Somewhat more manageable in terms of size too/

            Thank you :blue thumb:
             
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            That came out a little wrong!! :heehee:

            I can imagine!
             
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            Yeah yeah :oopss:
            you know what I mean :whistle:
             
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