Aloe 'Viper' (Griffin Viper Hybrid Aloe)


Scientific Name

Aloe 'Viper'

Common Names

Griffin Viper Hybrid Aloe

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe 'Viper' is a wild-looking Aloe that forms a cluster of rosettes up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall and about the same in width. Leaves are upright, bright green and have raised orange-red bumps running longitudinally on all surfaces. The flowers are orange, not much taller than the foliage and appear in winter.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it is essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.

These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. In the spring, repot Aloes that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During the repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball. Some varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.

Aloe plants need strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun, once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a succulent fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe

Origin

Aloe 'Viper' is one of the Kelly Griffin fancy-foliage hybrids that is being sold by Xeric Growers Nursery. As with many of Kelly's hybrids, this plant involves the crossing of several species over a number of generations. Xeric Growers notes the inspiration for the name 'Viper' was that "it just looks like it is bleeding from every orifice. The raised red bumps appear to be erupting from the bright green leaves as if the plant had been injected with deadly venom and is about to explode".

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Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

‘Burro’s Tail’ is flowering perennial succulent that is great for hanging baskets

‘Burro’s Tail’ is one of the best types of succulents to plant in hanging baskets due to its long trailing stems. Also known as ‘Donkey’s tail,’ this cool succulent has small numerous small blue-green plump leaves that make the plant look like a tail. The long stems of the beautiful Burro’s Tail succulent can grow up to 2 ft. (60 cm) long.

Burro’s Tail is a species of perennial succulent that flowers. Usually, its small dainty pink or red flowers appear during the summer. As with most succulents, this succulent species requires full sunlight to keep the leaves a healthy color.

If you live in a warm climate, you can grow Burro’s tail outdoors in USDA zones 9 – 11.


Reasons for Wilting, Brown Aloe Plants

Aloe plants feature chubby, cherubic leaves that are also a helpful medicinal. The plants tend to like to be a bit on the dry side and most problems are caused by overwatering or incorrect potting medium. Brown aloe vera plants may be suffering from too much or too little moisture, but other causes might be excess salt in soil, fungal disease, sun scorch, chemical toxicity, or nutrient deficiency. Guessing which is simply a matter of trial and error.

Moisture and Aloe Wilting and Browning

Water issues have got to be the number one cause of problems with aloe vera. A wilting, brown aloe that has soft spots in the leaves is likely over watered. A plant with puckered leaves that are discoloring may be too dry. The leaves are a great indicator of the moisture needs of this plant. They should be plump and glossy green.

To correct any water issues, repot the plant in a well-draining soil that is at least half gritty material such as sand or pumice. Once the plant is out of soil, check the roots for any rot and remove. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch when you insert a finger to the second knuckle. In winter, reduce water by half.

Chemicals, Salts and Nutrition

If you fertilize your plant, the soil may have excess salt buildup, which can burn roots and cause brown aloe vera plants. Leach the soil with plenty of water or repot the plant.

When an aloe is turning brown, it might also be chemical exposure. Outdoor plants may receive herbicide drift from wind. Plants indoors may be splashed with cleaning chemicals. Treating wilting aloe veras that have chemical damage requires removal of the leaves if there are only a few and transplant to prevent any chemicals in soil from transporting into the vascular system of the plant.

Aloe plants do not need much feeding. Feed no more than once per month with a diluted plant food at half strength.

Light and Cold

Most varieties of aloe prefer warm temperatures. Those that are exposed to drafty windows may develop some foliar damage. Move plants to a warmer location. Aloes prefer temperatures of 55 to 85 degrees F. (13-27 C.).

These easy-to-grow plants also prefer quite a bit of light, however, when placed in a southern location by a window that directs heat and light to the plant, the leaves can actually sunburn. Bright, but indirect light is preferred. Sun scorched plants will recover over time naturally but may lose a few leaves in the process.

Aloe wilting and browning is generally a matter of a cultural or site condition. Just go down the list and eliminate possible causes until you strike the right one. Aloe plants are very resilient and forgiving and should return to health again quite quickly.


Aloe 'Viper' (Griffin Viper Hybrid Aloe) - garden

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ITEM AL-54 Aloe cv. Draculaґs Blood

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ITEM AL-57 Aloe cv. Pink Blush

ITEM AL-58 Aloe cv. Peppermint

ITEM AL-59 Aloe cv. Raspberry-Licorice

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ITEM AL-62 Aloe cv. KG 324-076

ITEM AL-63 Aloe cv. KG 324-076

ITEM AL-64 Aloe cv. Draculaґs Blood

ITEM AL-65 Aloe cv. Pink Blush

ITEM AL-66 Aloe cv. Papa Woody

ITEM AL-67 Aloe cv. Coral Fire

ITEM AL-68 Aloe cv.

Our seedlings from Kelly Griffin cultivars plants

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ITEM AL-73 Aloe cv. Papa Woody

ITEM AL-75 Aloe cv. Papa Woody

ITEM AL-76 Aloe grisea

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ITEM AL-77 Aloe austroarabica

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ITEM AL-79 Aloe rigens

Gaan Libah, Somalia - Ex. GO

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ITEM AL-80 Aloe acutissima var. antanimorensis

NW of Antanimora, Madagascar

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Harerge Region, Ethiopia

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ITEM AL-82 Aloe pendens

YEMEN - Ex. STC nursery

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ITEM AL-83 Aloe microdonta

24 Km. N. of Mogadishu, Somalia

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Tabah Pass, 28’3 Km. N. of Eringavo, Somalia

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ITEM AL-85 Aloe spec.

Shama below Fodi ter, Somalia

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Socotra, YEMEN - Ex. Arid Lands Nursery

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ITEM AL-88 Aloe peckii

N. of Surud Mountains, Erigavo, Somalia

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ITEM AL-90 Aloe somaliensis ssp. marmorata


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