This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds” series – 30 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and that attract hummingbirds.
Gold tooth aloe
Aloe X spinosissima
Size: One foot tall, mounding to 2 to 3 feet with age.
Bloom season: Dark orange-red flowers in winter.
Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
Pruning needs: Remove spent flower stems in spring/summer.
Water needs: Medium to low; once established, water deeply once a week or every other week.
Snapshot: Put some teeth into your low-water landscape – and help the hummers, too. A showy and sculptural plant, this attractive aloe forms a perennial evergreen rosette of succulent leaves studded with creamy “teeth” (little pointy spines). In winter, the rosettes sprout dramatic spikes of dark orange-red flowers, a favorite for hungry hummingbirds looking for nectar.
For more on “Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.