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Big Blooming Aloes

April 13, 2011
Aloe blooming with bird.

Aloe blooming with bird.

We caught some amazing Aloes in bloom down in Huntington Botanical Gardens at the beginning of the year…wow 2011 is flying away. We weren’t the only ones freaking out on these blooms, so were the birds as pictures above.

Aloe suzannae

Aloe suzannae.

This guy from Madagascar, Aloe suzannae, pops out creamy tan flowers.  Pretty bizarre foliage too.

Aloe in bloom.

Aloe in bloom.

Aloe blooming.

Aloe blooming.

Need to get ourselves an Aloe that sends up yellow inflorescence. To date I don’t think we have one yet.

Aloe dorotheae.

Aloe dorotheae.

Sunset Aloe (Aloe dorotheae) is a low growing, stiff leaf plant that can get a bright reddish orange when grown in the sun.  I believe the more stressed it gets, the deeper the reddish color.

Aloe 'Tingtinkie'.

Aloe

Here’s a cute hybrid which has a fun name, Aloe ‘Tingtinkie’.

Aloe ramosissima.

Aloe ramosissima.

Maiden’s Quiver Tree (Aloe ramosissima) can grow in a small tree about 5 ft tall. Similar to A. dichotoma, the guy is supposed to be more branchy. Like well drain soil and grows in rocky areas in the wild.

Aloe dichotoma.

Aloe dichotoma.

We just saw this guy, Aloe dichotoma, at Flora Grubb. Another Quiver Tree, which I heard that locals back in the day used to hollow out the trunk and get it wet.  The fibers can hold a lot of moisture and the evaporation causes cooling.  Thus, it became a makeshift refrigerator.

Aloes and Aeoniums.

Aloes and Aeoniums.

Ah, love the Aeoniums with the Aloes together. Since it’s been several weeks since these pics were taken, can’t say they are still in bloom mode yet. However, recently we picked up a guy that flowers in the summer and can wait to see if it will shoot out some cool color for us in a couple months.  Hey, if you looking for a fantastic Aloe resource, check out the Institute for Aloe Studies.  They have one of the most complete sites on Aloes.

– Far Out Flora

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Aloes and Aeoniums.

Aloes and Aeoniums.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2011 9:29 am

    You guys these are beautiful. Totally made my Wednesday morning looking at these great picss!

  2. Jan permalink
    April 13, 2011 10:24 am

    Lovely! I have a question. After the flowers on the bloom spike have dropped, should you cut the bloom spike off? Thanks for any advise you can give.

    • April 13, 2011 1:17 pm

      Yes, you can cut off the flower spike. We usually wait until it’s past its prime, then cut it off close to where it popped out from the plant. The woody flower stem doesn’t root, but there are seeds that form in the flower. However the birds get our seeds before we think about collecting seeds. Plus most Aloes propagate best from pups. Matti

  3. April 13, 2011 5:41 pm

    I agree – that planting in the last shot is great!

  4. April 13, 2011 9:59 pm

    Tremendous pictures you have! Thank you for sharing Huntingtons with us. I haven’t been there in years. Those aloes are so beautiful, I love those blooms also. I have quite a few of my aloes sending out bloom stalks right now. Can’t wait for them to open. And remember that hole full of water in my front planter? I finally filled it with an extremely rootbound aloe. When I pried it out of it’s pot I couldn’t believe the roots spinning around and around. There was practically no dirt! It should be really happy now!

  5. jerry permalink
    April 14, 2011 5:11 pm

    great pics.esp. that last one.

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