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Aloe hybrids – ‘Purple People Eater’

Since there isn’t always a lot of good info online when people want to look up a name they are given for their hybrids (or look up what name is on the pot), I thought I’d start posting mine all individually with photos and whatever info I have of them…and hopefully that will come up on searches. I’ll start with the Altman hybrids that I have, since they are the most common in the US.

Don’t use plant apps to try and ID your hybrid. It will NOT get it correct. You can try succulent groups on FB or reddit, but you’ll still likely get wrong answers. The best group for having Aloe hybrids IDed is either Hybrid Aloe Lovers or All That Is Kelly Griffin on FB, or either r/Aloe or r/Agave and Aloe on reddit. I’m a mod in the Aloe subreddit. And as for the two Aloe groups on FB I suggested, those are run by and filled with people that could run circles around me with their knowledge.

I’ll start with the Star Aloes from Altman Plants, this post will be for Purple People Eater. The Star Aloes are the brand name Altman’s has been using to sell certain hybrids under since about 2018 or 2019. They released a few new hybrids and added some of their older ones to the line. They come in white pots, either wrapped in white with a 5” black plastic pot underneath or in a 3” white ceramic pot. They are also sold in the larger black Altman pots without white wrapping. The cultivar names are hidden on the barcode stickers, but Altman’s labeling is not always correct since it’s such a huge operation. The barcode stickers can be found either on the Star Aloe tag or somewhere on the pot. They supply the big box stores…Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart. I’ve even seen posts of people finding Star Aloes at Sprouts, so there are probably other stores as well. Most of the Star Aloes are Kelly Griffin hybrids, but they do have other hybridizers working there with him.

Kelly Griffin’s patent on PPE –

The packaging
The original Star Aloe lineup
Barcode sticker with cultivar name

And fwiw, if you are going to start collecting these or even if you just have one or two…educate yourself on preventing and treating Aloe mites, and invest in a good systemic miticide. There is a lot of good info in the Hybrid Aloe Lovers group. But with these Altman hybrids, it’s better safe to assume they are all affected than to assume they are ok because they don’t have any galls (yet.) I have seen so much more Aloe mite since these have become more common…even in the stores, there are plants covered in galls. The mites are treatable! They just spread very easily between Aloes and their relatives and it’s something you really need to stay on top of.

Ok, onto ‘Purple People Eater’…this is the one I wanted the most when I first saw the new hybrids and people started posting photos of theirs…it’s a larger growing hybrid, chunky with nice texture and a great range of colors in full sun. Care is like most other Aloes – lots of sun (just slowly acclimate them), very well draining soil, and drench well but infrequently. I have better luck keeping most of these hybrids out of the rain, but it usually rains a lot here. It might take some experimenting to find the best spot for them depending on your environment. These can take full sun here in Texas.

PPE pups
Larger plant
Thirsty plant
Fresh from the store, shade grown color

There’s a good range of photos to compare and see the characteristics. There are photo albums of different hybrids in the FB groups I mentioned above as well, those are good resources to compare plants to. Stay tuned for more hybrid posts!


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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