Got these #AloeMaculata for free yesterday (10Nov2020). Planted them all in the shady front garden area, to which I also recently added a bunch of large river rocks, also free. My poor car--trunk and backseat full of little boulders--was significantly weighted down. Fortunately, I didn't have to go over a lot of speed bumps. I really should get a pickup truck.
@fearlessthereforepowerful I've seen this misidentified as #AloeVera numerous times and it lowkey drives me cray. 🤪 Some main identifiers for A. maculata are (1) white speckling on leaves is distinct, regardless of age [this fades on some A. vera leaves as they mature]; (2) serrations on leaf edges are pronounced; and (3) #Aloemaculataflowers are usually pink and the flower heads are flat-topped, compared to #Aloeveraflowers, which are usually yellow and appear on a tall spike.
I just realized that this is a hybrid. Will have to wait for flowers. @djinnrickey I might need your help, since I'm not too familiar with Aloe hybrids. Do you think these are maculata x grandidentata?
Could be the maculata hybrid, but yep you’ll have to wait for blooms...this is a good article on the spotted Aloes, there are quite a few that can look pretty similar - https://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1217
I collected this one from a feral population in an empty lot beside my friend's place in Monterey. I've given pups to two friends and those are also doing very well. Suffice it to say that this is a very easy plant to grow in California.