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 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]

Patrick Anderson’s Garden: It All Started with Aloes

Fleshy green monsters in Patrick Anderson’s Fallbrook garden look like they might snap him up if he turns his back. They’re giant succulents, and Anderson’s half-acre hillside showcases hundreds of unusual ones. “I like their huge, sculptural forms,” [Continue reading]

If this aloe could talk, it would say, “I’m starved for light! I may not be able to bloom! Help!” [Continue reading]
Books ~
Find great info about aloes in my books: Designing with Succulents, 2nd ed., pp. 182-190; Succulents Simplified, pp. 185-197.

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 these and other succulent photo galleries ~