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. Aloes hybridize readily, which can make them difficult to ID, so I had help.*

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. 

Aloe aculeataAloe aculeata in bud

 

Aloe acutissima

 

Aloe africana

Aloe africana

 

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Aloe arborescens

 

Aloe arborescens ‘Lutea’  Aloe arborescens 'Lutea'

 

 Aloe arborescens ‘Variegata’

 

Aloe aristata

 

Aloe bainsesii (Aloe barbadensis)

 

Aloe ‘Blizzard’

Aloe 'Blizzard'

 

Aloe ‘Blue Elf’

 

Aloe brevifolia

 

Aloe buhrii

Aloe buhrii

 

Aloe cameronii

 

Aloe camperi

Aloe camperi

 

Aloe capitata

 

Aloe chabaudii hybrid

 

Aloe ciliaris

Aloe ciliaris

 

Aloe congolensis

Aloe ‘Crosby’s Prolific’

 

Aloe cryptopoda

 

Aloe ‘Cynthia Giddy’

Aloe x 'Cynthia Giddy'

 

Aloe x ‘David Verity’

Aloe x 'David Verity'

 

Aloe x ‘David’s Ladder’

Aloe x 'David's Ladder'

 

Aloe dawei

 

Aloe dichotoma

Aloe dichotoma

 

Aloe distans

 

Aloe dolomitica

Aloe dolomitica

 

Aloe dorotheae

Aloe dorotheae in bud

 

Aloe elgonica

 

Aloe erinacea

 

Aloe excelsa

 

Aloe ferox

 

Aloe ferox ‘Candelabrum’

 

Aloe ‘Fire Ranch’

 

Aloe ‘Flame Thrower’

Aloe 'Flame Thrower'

 

Aloe glauca

 

Aloe ‘Grassy Lassie’

Aloe 'Grassy Lassie'

 

Aloe hemmingii (A. harlana, mosaic aloe)

Aloe harlana

 

Aloe ‘Hercules’

 

Aloe hereroensis

 

Aloe humilis

Aloe humilis

 

Aloe juvenna

 

Aloe karasbergensis

Aloe karasbergensis

 

Aloe kedongensis

Aloe kedongensis

 

Aloe ‘Kelly Griffin’

 

Aloe maculata

 

Aloe marlothii

 

Aloe melanacantha

 

Aloe microstigma

Aloe microstigma

 

Aloe mitriformis

Aloe mitriformis

 

Aloe ‘Moondance’

Aloe 'Moondance'

 

Aloe mutabilis

Aloe mutabilis

 

Aloe x nobilis

 

Aloe x nobilis, variegated

 

Aloe pearsonii

 

Aloe peglerae

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Aloe petricola

Aloe petricola

 

Aloe pillansii

 

Aloe ‘Pink Blush’

 

Aloe plicatilis

Aloe plicatilis

 

Aloe pluridens

Aloe pluridens

 

Aloe polyphylla

Aloe polyphylla (sprial aloe)

 

Aloe ramosissima

 

Aloe ‘Rooikappie’

 

Aloe rubroviolacea

Aloe rubroviolacea

 

Aloe rupestris (bottlebrush aloe)

 

Aloe sabea

 

Aloe sinkatana

 

Aloe speciosa (tilt-head aloe)

 

Aloe spinosissima

Aloe striata (Coral aloe)

 

Aloe striata hybrid (note leaf margins are serrated, not smooth)

Aloe striata hybrid

 

Aloe striatula (best for Northern CA)

 

Aloe succotrina

Aloe succotrina

 

Aloe suprafoliata

Aloe suprafoliata

 

Aloe tenuoir

 

Aloe thraskii

Aloe thraskii

 

Aloe tomentosa

 

Aloe vanbalenii

 

Aloe vaombe

Aloe vaombe

 

Aloe variegata (partridge breast aloe)

Aloe variegata

 

Aloe vera

 

*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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More Info

On this site ~
One of Southern CA’s in-demand landscape designers, Bill Schnetz of Schnetz Landscape, Inc., likes to use aloes of all sizes in residential gardens…[Continue reading]
I wonder if Patrick remembers giving me a cutting of that red aloe (A. cameronii, at center right). I know l’ll never forget it…[Continue reading]
Wondering why your aloe looks like this? See my article: Why Doesn’t My Succulent Bloom? 
Books ~
Find great info about aloes in my books: Designing with Succulents, 2nd ed., pp. 182-190; Succulents Simplified, pp. 185-197.
I also recommend nurseryman/designer Jeff Moore’s beautifully illustrated Aloes & Agaves in Cultivation. 

My YouTube Videos ~

Spectacular Aloes in Flower

Hannah Jarson’s Aloe Eden

 

Also see the Aloes playlist on my YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe so you’ll be notified of new releases.


Enjoy my other succulent photo galleries ~

Agaves 

Crassulas 

Echeverias