The Rest Of The Aloes
Aloe dorotheae was dark red from stress when I bought it. No stress for it here. The species was discovered near the south bank of the Pangani River in Tanzania and transferred as a live plant in 1890 to the Royal Botanic Garden in Berlin.
The small Aloe at lower right is A.
Aloe hemmingii is from Somalia and the flowers are pink. Mine has not yet flowered.
Aloe broomii, unhappy in that pot. It's in the ground now. I discovered the pot was packed solid with roots, even though I put it in that pot only a few months ago. I speculate this is one Aloe that puts out a large root system. Update: 2015 gall mite; removed.
Aloe deltoidontea 'Sparkler'. A beauty. Highly recommended.
Aloe 'Seventy Five Percent Off'. I have no idea what this one is--probably another ferox. It was 75% off and looked in dire need of care so I bought it. It was happy to be rescued. As I become a somewhat experienced gardener, more and more I leave the near-death bargains at the shop, but this one called very clearly to me, so I answered. Update 2016: this aloe has been so slow-growing I suspect it's not ferox after all.
Aloe krapohliana is from an extremely arid area of the Karoo. The flower is enormous in relation to the size of the plant. It usually always dies away from its native home, according to plantzafrika. I've had it over two years and have watered it exactly once. Whereupon it rapidly grew several new leaves! How can you not love that?
The recent additions: from top left, Aloe cryptoflora, A. castanea, A. ericacea, and A.
Aloe 'Grassy Lassie'. This was purported to bloom non-stop when it was first introduced. Wrong! I got it from a neighbor who was throwing hers out. It's one of those plants you have but don't know why.
Aloe cooperi. Not doing well. I've read several comments from the internet that all go something like this: "Had Aloe cooperi. It died." Hmm. Update: mine died, too.
Aloe sinkatana. This version has yellow flowers. Good, reliable, low clumper.
Aloe reitzii is a saga. I've had this plant for maybe six years, and it's only started growing in the past six months. It didn't like anything I offered. What it wanted, I finally discovered, was plentiful water. I had another, much larger reitzii given to me by a garden buddy--gall mite claimed that one.
Aloe congolensis, another recent acquisition. Too recent to have any opinion about.
This is a seedling. I was so surprised to find an Aloe seedling in the garden I kept it. Plain, but I like the toothy margins. A flower may give hints of who the parent was, but so far no flowers.
Aloe thraskii. This Aloe is touchy as Aloes in Southern California go--gardeners are warned not to let water sit in the leaves, (cover when it rains to prevent rot) as well as to shade it in extreme heat away from the immediate coast (the leaves sun burn). In nature, it grows right on the beach in South Africa, so it wants coastal living (don't we all?). When I first bought it, the stem was bent. I thought it would probably snap, but it hasn't. Growth has made the stem almost perfectly straight.
I'm absurdly proud of my A. capitata seedlings, fervently hoping they are selfs (pure capitata).
They are huge compared to March:
Only a few capitata flowers fertilized, and those at the tail end of the bloom, which often indicates self-fertilization. I'll know in about...ten years?
A. speciosa to finish up. This tree Aloe has extremely beautiful flowers. No, it has not bloomed yet. "Speciosa" means "showy", or "beautiful". I got this, along with Aloe castanea, at Annie's Annuals at last year's Fling.
Oh, almost forgot 'Silver Fox'. How many does that make? Twenty more?
The little nubbly bumpy hybrids are so popular, but except for 'Silver Fox', I skip them. They belong in pots, and you know what I do to plants in pots. I should be ashamed. Actually, I am.
Update: I forgot Aloe peglerae!