Sunday, July 26, 2009

Aloe speciosa the aloe that turns it's rosette facing to the north.

The size of the raceme is 43 cm long and 27 cm around.
That is not remarkable for this species but it is very pretty on a young plant with a stem that is not over a meter high.
Aloe speciosa starts off growing upright like any other aloe, but it soon turns the rosette sideways facing north.

Aloe speciosa blooming in the Karoo. This aloe is a tree aloe, these plants would roughly measure between 3 and
5 meter in hight. The record is 6 meter.


Meggie said...

I learn something new every day on the internet! I had no idea Aloes had so many varieties! It is much the same with Bromeliads. I always wanted a certain Agoloneamia,(I think that is correct) & it was hideously expensive in New Zealand, but now, in my Australian garden it proliferates! I guess I got my wish!!

Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

I'm thrilled to have found your blog on Blotanical. Very interested in plants of the Cape region & South Africa. Your blog is now one of my favorites on Technorati... Do visit Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel - perhaps you'll choose to make it one of your 'Technorati' favorites!
Cheers, Alice

guild-rez said...

I have your blog on my bloglist and from time to time I'll visit you.
I always admire your aloe plants, learn something new..snails as beauty tratment?
Perhaps not..too slimy for my face;(
Cheers from Canada,

ericat said...

Hi Meggie, I saw some gorgeous Bromeliads. They are difficult to come by over here in South Africa.

I dropped by at your site. Loved the curly chicken. That is the prettiest one for sure.


ericat said...

thank you for the comments Meggie, Alice and Gisela. I always visit all blogs. Mainly as I want to make sure the links are appropriate for my visitors. I am happy to say that your blogs are all very nice interesting blogs which I enjoyed to visit.

Baby clothes said...

Nice Pictures

and Article :)

Melanie said...

I'm going to get one of these aloes. I've just bought a hybrid aloe called 'Fairy Pink' and am keen to see whether it will survive here in Australia. It is apparently the result of a breeding programme in South Africa so it will be interesting to see it bloom.

ericat said...

Hi melani,
If I may ask, please check your blog. That black square is in the way of posting a comment. I noticed you had no comments there and it must be the reason. I liked your aloe entry. Those two aloes are the most difficult aloes to grow out of habitat here. I must move to OZ! There are some large aloe nurseries I am sure you will get Aloe speciosa there, but if not contact me and I will give you some names.

ericat said...

I am sorry Guillermo to remove your entry, but what you did there was spam without a doubt.

Flowers said...

Aloe speciosa looks wonderful on your blog with decorative blue-green leaves with deep pink to pale red, serrated leaf margins, and dense cylindrical flower heads