Aloe "Christmas Carole" is a relatively recent introduction, but has become practically an overnight sensation amongst succulent enthusiasts. Plants which have been grown in good light produce a remarkable degree of coloration in their leaves, with the leaf margins, and "teeth" bearing carmine to deep red coloration, against a greenish/grey background; in addition, my plant also exhibits a high degree of pale yellow variegation (which is not always evident on the photographs of this variety which I have seen on the web). This is a smallish plant, usually available in small pots with rosettes from about 3 to 6 inches across, but older plants may eventually reach a height and diameter to nearly 12 inches. Even at smaller sizes, it produces numerous offsets at its base, and will eventually fill a larger planter with clusters of rosettes. It is also capable of producing a number of kiekis on its flower stems. These keikis provide another opportunity to propagate additional plants from this plant. This cultivar is a complex hybrid which involved several crosses with several species and cultivars. The following information comes from the website of San Marcos Growers, it provides some additional information on the parentage of this plant, as well as a few additional bits of information on its appearance and cold tolerance:
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Aloe 'Christmas Carol' -
This is an easy and undemanding plant; it does well with my basic recommendations for growing cacti and other succulents. The key to producing a plant with exceptional color is to grow it in very good light: preferably (when adequately acclimatized), to be grown outdoors to benefit from summer temperatures and direct sunlight. It makes an excellent addition to a summer succulent planter, to be over-
My plant, being variegated , is not entirely stable, and will occasionally produce offsets with traits which are similar to aloe "Pink Blush". While I have not yet seen this plant in any of the "big box" nurseries, it has been available from a number of mail order nurseries, including The Glasshouse Works, and has been available locally (and seasonally) from Bakers Acres. I expect that in the near future, this plant will even find its way into the "Big Box" nurseries.