Monday, March 7, 2016
Aloe Flower Report, Early March 2016
'Fire Ranch' has a flower stem. It doesn't bloom every year, possibly because it gets no irrigation beyond rain. Since we've had minimal rain the past several years, it has skipped blooming several times. Flowers this year, though.
Aloe marlothii is behind and to the left of 'Fire Ranch', yellow-flowered Aloe megalacantha visible to the right.
'Fire Ranch' is a cross of two Madagascar species, Aloe vaotsanda and divariacata. I have two plants; one is tree-like and so far, solitary, one is a suckering shrub. What's with that? Not really a standout Aloe, but not bad.
Flowers are opening on many Aloe greatheadii rosettes. Our rain total has been disappointing this winter, but apparently the Aloes found it satisfactory.
Short plant, tall flower:
We did get rain last night and this morning, about .3" (7 mm), and about the same amount is predicted for tomorrow morning. It's something.
Aloe megalacantha is having a good winter.
Mega la yellow!
In bright sun the flowers are quite yellow. In late afternoon, the flowers take on a golden glow.
A deep orange 'Cynthia Gitty' raceme mixed in there. That's new.
Aloe 'California' (or is it 'Blue Elf') is common and reliable. It looks bad in summer (another plant on the slope that goes without irrigation most of the year) but blues up and blooms in late winter.
Kumara plicatilis racemes suddenly appeared this past week. Just a few.
One stem on the clump of 'Always Red' I got recently from a generous neighbor. Why do they call it 'Always Red'? The flower is orange.
In non-Aloe flower news, the first flowers of Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird' are just beginning to open. This plant is going to put on a show this year. Stay tuned.