Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Plant profile: Aloe

Aloe glauca

Aloe nobilis
About 400 species of Aloe exist, aside from the commonly known Aloe vera, used to treat burns. They have thick, juicy leaves, often with spiny edges. They're really cute, and do well in desert conditions. Yeah!

Aloe arborescens
Latin name: Aloe spp. ("AL-oh")
Common name: Aloe
Originally from: Africa, common in South Africa's Cape Province, the mountains of tropical Africa, and neighbouring areas such as Madagascar, the Arabian peninsula, and the islands off Africa.
Blooms: They shoot up long stems of lovely small pink/orange/yellow flowers.
Light: Full sun to part shade.
Water: Don't need extra water
Where to find in P. Garden: Along the cactus wall in various spots, as well as a low hedge of Aloe nobilis on the opposite side of the storm drain. Also in the top half of the larger round bed.

We have the following species:
Aloe arborescens flowers (Tree Aloe, Krantz Aloe, Candelabra Aloe)
Aloe brevifolia
Aloe claviflora or Aloe reitzii
Aloe congolensis
Aloe ferox (Tap Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Cape Aloe)
Aloe glauca (Blue Aloe)
Aloe "Goliath"
Aloe maculata
Aloe nobilis (Gold Tooth Aloe)
Aloe sinkatana x deltoideodonta
Aloe striatula (Coral Aloe, Hardy Aloe)
Aloe vera

Aloe arborescens

Aloe vera

Aloe congolensis

Aloe striatula

Aloe glauca

Aloe ferox

A. claviflora or A. reitzii
A. claviflora or A. reitzii

A. striatula - after 4 years

A. sinkatana x deltoideodonta

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