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An introduction to Aloe Flowers, part 2 of 5: Aloes D-L

By Geoff Stein (palmbobFebruary 28, 2013
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In part one, we discussed some of the nomenclature used to describe aloe flowers, so you may need to refer to that article if there are unknown terms in this one. This article is really just a contination of the last article and an introduction to some, but certainly not anywhere near all, of the aloes that one can see flowering in cultivation, at least here in the southwestern US.

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(Editor's Note: This article was originally published on November 20, 2007. Your comments are welcome, but please be aware that authors of previously published articles may not be able to respond to your questions.)

The following photos are of aloes with cultivational or species names that start with the lettes 'D' through the letter 'L'. For more aloe flowers, please see the other 3 articles on this subject

 

ImageThis is a beautiful hybrid aloe called Aloe David Verity (after it's hybridizer, I think)- most likely an Aloe arborescens hybrid as the plant looks very similar

ImageDavid Verity hybrids are common, this being one with Aloe marlothii

Imagethis Aloe David Verity x marlothii makes incredibly colorful flowers in winter

ImageAloe dawei is another orange-flowering species with multiple, branching inflorescences and symmetrically arranged, open columnar racemes that resemble ladders in silohuette

Imageclose up at night of Aloe dawei flower

ImageThough the sign says Aloe behrana, that is a synonym of Aloe debrana, one of the more brilliantly colorful non-South African aloes in terms of its flowers.

Imageclose up of Aloe debrana racemes before the flowers actaully open up (mid winter)

ImageNow flowers are further along

Imagethis is a flower of a 'species' called Aloe decaryi... which is not officially a species since it is so variable... probably a hybrid. But a prolific flowerer... and plant is wonderfully turquoise as well

ImageAloe deltoideodonta is a very popular aloe with growers since it so easily hybridizes... sadly it does not have one of the more beautiful flowers

ImageThis little delicate flower belongs to a hybrid of Aloe descoingsii, another popular aloe used in hybridization and possibly the smallest of all aloes

Imagea mature Aloe dichotoma in full flower is a fantastic sight as the tree itself is so impressive

ImageIt is hard to appreciate the beauty of these flowers except in smaller trees, or by telephoto as the flowers are usually hidden partially within the leaves

ImageAloe dinteri, the Namibian Partridge Aloe, has a huge inflorescence compared to the size of the plant itself, but it is also delicately flowered with numerous, very open pale pink racemes, throughout summer and fall

ImageAloe dioli is another example of a species not from South Africa with pleasant but not amazing flowers... but a prolific flowerer nonetheless

ImageThe aloes from Madagascar are some of the most beautiful in the world, and some have incredible flowers, too. This is Aloe divariacata in winter

ImageThe flowers themselves are not to impressive, existing in very open racemes.. but the inflorescences are highly branched, and the plant is a branching one, so there is a massive number of flowers in winter

Imagethis is one of the few aloes whose flower pretty matches the leaf color- Aloe dorothea- though leaf color can turn bright green depending on conditions

ImageAloe dyeri is a spotted aloe from South Africa with a large inflorescence of pink flowers

ImageAloe elegans is a pleasant, stemless aloe with few differentiating characteristics, but produces these wonderful flowers in late winter

ImageAloe ellenbeckii flowers are very short-lived structures but nicely colored surprises for such a ground-cover-like aloe

Imageit is unlikely most readers will get to see one of these in person as it is the flower of Aloe eminens, a very rare but massive tree aloe from Somalia

Imageprobably one of the most striking of all the flowering tree aloes is Aloe excelsa. This plant kinly dropped its inflorescence to eye level so it could be photographed more closely

Imagethis is a shot of a the more normal presentation of this species in winter. See also the top photo in this article as that is also an Aloe excelsa

ImageAloe excelsas can sometimes have orange or even yellow flowers. Here are three orange flowering trees in February, southern California

ImageHere is a particularly old and majestic Aloe excelsa in winter

Imagethis fantastically colored hybrid is Aloe excelsa and something unknown- the flowers are almost a flourescent orange

ImageProbably one of the most commonly grown tree aloes is Aloe ferox, and it certainly has some amazing flowers in winter

ImageAloe candelabrum is a synonym for Aloe ferox and this gentleman is showing the size of these tree aloes labeled as Aloe candelabrum in Los Angeles

ImageThis is a close up of some variation of Aloe ferox with bicolored flowers. Aloe ferox is one of the most commonly hybridized tree aloes, either intentionally, or accidentally

Imageanother wonderful color variation of this species

Imagethis striking individual is a hybrid Aloe ferox (called 'open hybrid', meaning with what other aloe?- who knows!)

Imageanother fantastic hybrid Aloe ferox

Imagethis hybrid is at least known: Aloe ferox x spicata. The flowers are most definitely spicata-like- unbranching tall compact narrow racemes

ImageAloe flexifolia has brilliantly red flowers but not in winter as with most of the above species, but in summer to early fall

Imagethough not normally grown for its pale to deep pink flowers, this bizarre, sometimes nearly black plant at least flowers much of the year while most other aloes do not (Aloe fleurentiniorum)

ImageAloe fosteri is probably the most amazingly decorated, in terms of flower color, of all the South African spotted aloes, a group which usually sports dull pinkish flowers.

Imageclose-up of Aloe fosteri flower in winter, showing the remarkable colors

Imagethis raceme is nearly spent near the end of the season for blooming of this species

ImageAloe framesii is a relatively rarely grown South African speckled aloe, but its flowers are quite attractive

ImageThe shrot racemes of Aloe glauca open and detriorate from bottom to top, making them somewhat less than beautiful

ImageStill, the flowers are a nice contrast to the particularly turquoise color of this plant

Imagethis is one of the more peculiar aloe flowers belonging to Aloe globuligemma

ImageThe racemes are one sided, on a uniformly branching inflorescence

ImagePeculiar or not, the flowers are still attractive. The plant is nice, too, being a gracefully urn-shaped blue green stemless aloe

ImageAloe grandidentata is another South African spotted aloe that is quite difficult to tell apart from other spotted aloes, but the flowers are shorter and deep pink

ImageSo many spotted South African aloes look alike, and many of their flowers do, too... This is one of the many forms of Aloe greatheadii... just a tad redder than Aloe greenii

Imageand Aloe greenii is not all that unique looking either (another spotted South African aloe), but the inflorescences are large and a nice pink color

ImageOf course, flowers are often how certain aloes are differentiated. This aloe, Aloe harlana, is a relatively rare aloe from central Africa, but is one of about 5 very similar looking shiny-leaved striped/spotted aloes

ImageHowever its flowers are uniqued deep purplish red (some forms are orange) and sort of lantern-shaped (orange forms more traditionally conical)

ImageNone of the other stiped/spotted aloes have flowers like this, and many aloes that look like this are incorrectly identified as this species, but have pale pink flowers

Imagethis is also Aloe harlana, despite the flowers looking substantially different... but still unique for the striped/spotted aloe group

ImageThis is Aloe hemmingii and the aloe most often incorrectly identified as Aloe harlana- note the pink flowers. This plant flowers off and on year round

ImageAloe hendrickxii is a fairly rare species but with pleasant orange flowers in fall- from the more tropical sections of Africa

ImageThis is not really a recognized species (Aloe 'heteracantha') but it has strikingly orange conical racemes- no other aloe has flowers quite like it

Imagethough not in possesion of one of the most ornamental flowers, Aloe hildebrandii at least has flowers year round, making it one of the few species that do this

ImageThis flower, though not huge, is still comically large for the dinky plant it comes out of (Aloe humilis)

Imagethough the plants are nicely maroon in times of stress, this mid-African aloe (Aloe imalotensis) does not have the most ornamental flowers

ImageAloe isaloensis has extremely open racemes and the same colors a lot of smaller aloes have

ImageThis is Aloe inyangensis, one of the easiest grass aloes to grow in southern California. The color scheme is a common one for grass aloes

ImageAloe jucunda is a wonderfully ornamental dwarf aloe- the pale pink open racemes are not this plant's strong point

ImageAloe kedongensis is a summer flowerer and has short, head-shaped open racemes

ImageAloe labworana is one of the few aloes that has large branching inflorescences with yellow flowers

ImageClose-up of this curious raceme that seems one-sided and laterally oriented- this is unique flower

ImageAloe lineata has solitary, unbranching inflorescences in summer- one of the few tree aloes to bloom that time of year

Imagethough this is an Aloe lineata hybrid, it has a lot of resemblence to the mother plant's flowers

ImageAloe littoralis is another 'tree aloe' that takes many years to get there... but it also has spectacular flowers.. though this is a hybrid of it with the same shaped inflorescence, but a bit more spectacular flower color

ImageAloe longistyla is sort of an 'ugly dwarf' aloe... but its flowers are amazing, not just for their ornamental value, but also how they dwarf the rest of the plant

Imagelast, but not least in this alphabetical snippet of aloes is Aloe lutescens. These have bicolored narrow conical racemes that look quite impressive in mass plantings

ImageHere is a closer view of these amazing flowers in winter

 

Be sure to look for the subsequent chapter on Flowering Aloes (part 3 of the 5 part series)

 


  About Geoff Stein  
Geoff SteinVeterinarian and Exotic Plant Lover... and obsessive, compulsive collector of all oddball tropical and desert plants.

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More wonderful plants! KyWoods 2 29 Dec 13, 2007 2:49 AM
Great article, Bob! Porphyrostachys 1 28 Dec 11, 2007 11:29 AM
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