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Aloe hybrids – ‘Fragilis’

The so-called ‘Fragilis’ hybrid

Not an Altman’s Star Aloe, but a somewhat common one since Mountain Crest Gardens and a couple other popular nurseries sell it. Figured I’d post about it to clear up the confusing name, since it is misleading…’Fragilis’ is what it’s sold as, but fragilis is a species and it’s unlikely it has anything to do with whatever this hybrid is. The FB hybrid group has decided it is probably actually ‘Marlin’, one of Larry Weisel’s fish series. With all the other misidentifications on their site, at this point I don’t trust MCG’s labeling at all. Some nurseries like to take other people’s hybrids and put their own names on them (‘DZ’ and ‘Bright Star’ are sold as ‘Dannyz’, MCG took the Wright hybrid ‘Harry Butterfield’ and sold it as ‘Summer Sky’, ‘Brass Hat’ is sold as ‘Mancave’, ‘Pink Blush’ is sold as ‘Petrus Pink’, etc.)

A. fragilis
Stressed fragilis

Here are more photos of the plant sold as ‘Fragilis’, which is more likely ‘Marlin’ –

Stressed and a little beat up

Published by AloeHoarder

I live in Houston, Texas and have been interested in and collecting Aloe plants since 2008, my first Aloe was the “chinensis” variety that I got from my mom in 2006. I am autistic and an English major. Aloes are my “special interest”.

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