Most of my 80+ aloe photos show the plants in gardens and in bloom. After all, aloes’ large, vivid flowers are a significant reason to grow these succulents from South Africa. Aloes bloom mainly in winter, but there’s at least one variety in bloom at any time of the year. There are dozens of species of Aloe, from tall trees to dwarf cultivars. Aloes typically have juicy, triangular leaves that form starfish-like rosettes. Some are smooth, others toothed and prickled. Such protrusions, like hardened wax, are seldom dangerous.
The inflorescence (bloom spike) of an aloe consists of numerous tubular flowers that open from the base upward. All shades of red and orange predominate; yellow, cream and pink are less common.
Aloes in general need well-draining soil. They like regular water but are in danger of rot if overwatered. The plants are relatively pest-free, but aloe mite, which causes bumpy, cancerous growth, is a problem in some areas. Should signs of mite appear, don’t let it spread. Cut out the diseased tissue and bag it for the trash.
As with all photos on my site, you’re welcome to copy and use any of these providing the watermark is intact.
Use my photos of aloes and other succulents to…
— Learn plants’ names and recognize them.
— Create a wish list (maybe a private Pinterest page) of those you want for your garden.
— Make a custom greeting card, painting or other work of art.
— ID what you already have.
Most of these were photographed in Southern CA, but not all are readily available. Those recommended by landscape professionals such as Bill Schnetz (see Aloe Superstars: A Landscape Designer’s Favorites) are labeled in red. Aloes hybridize readily, which can make them difficult to ID, so I had help.*
Aloe arborescens ‘Lutea’
Aloe arborescens ‘Variegata’
Aloe bainsesii (Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe ‘Blue Elf’
Aloe chabaudii hybrid
Aloe ‘Crosby’s Prolific’
Aloe ‘Cynthia Giddy’
Aloe x ‘David Verity’
Aloe x ‘David’s Ladder’
Aloe ferox ‘Candelabrum’
Aloe ‘Fire Ranch’
Aloe ‘Flame Thrower’
Aloe ‘Grassy Lassie’
Aloe hemmingii (A. harlana, mosaic aloe)
Aloe ‘Kelly Griffin’
Aloe x nobilis
Aloe x nobilis, variegated
Aloe ‘Pink Blush’
Aloe rupestris (bottlebrush aloe)
Aloe speciosa (tilt-head aloe)
Aloe striata (Coral aloe)
Aloe striata hybrid (note leaf margins are serrated, not smooth)
Aloe striatula (best for Northern CA)
Aloe variegata (partridge breast aloe)
*Special thanks to Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden for verifying my aloe IDs. Below are these we couldn’t quite figure out. I’d be grateful if you’d email me or leave a comment if you recognize them or think an ID above is incorrect. Thanks! ~ Debra
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