Typical shape of flowers in FEbruary, Southern California
Close up of flowers off unlabeled plant in Huntington Gardens with very similar shape and habit to A castanea, and is probably the same species
perhaps a different variety of this plant? Flowers look very different on this plant in Huntington Gardens, Pasadena California february
Showing the nearly black dark nectar within the individual flowers along the raceme... february
February detail showing nearly black nectar... this flower could be off a hybrid (more upright raceme)
another shot of large clump showing characteristic flower raceme pattern in winter- can see why it's called the Cat's Tail Aloe
flowers coming to end in early March
Mine is starting to branch for the first time.
growing in private garden, San Diego county during long winter dry spell
unopened flower in Feb southern California
this form is slightly different, showing darker flowers and paler, thinner leaves. In private garden, southern California, late February
look of seedling, southern California
another shot of blooming flower, southern California mid winter
another shot of plant, through foggy lens (sorry) in winter
shot of flower of the 'curly' flower variety, February, southern California
on the left (Aloe marlothii var spectabilis on right)
from my own plant, march, southern California
simply loaded with nectar... it amazes me it just doesn't drip out onto the ground.
fruit froming on old inflorescence, spring, southern California
When blooming has beautiful orange flowers
southern California late winter
late winter flower detail
Flowers just starting to emerge. Growing at UC Botanical Gardens in Berkeley.
Flowers continuing to grow 1 month later in January at UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.
20 days later. Growing at UC Botanical Gardens in Berkeley.
1 month later and over 3 months since first budded. Flowers showing lots of color. Growing at UC Botanical Gardens in Berkeley.
Growing at UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley.
Buds just starting to open from the bottom up.
For being so small, it sure adds the drama to the photo. Flowering happily at UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley in March.
In its full glory!
Aloe castanea in flower, late August - South Africa
Aloe castanea in flower
5 year plant in the garden
The Huntington Botanical Gardens
San Diego Botanic Garden
best year for blooming in many, southern California, February
small bird feeding on bountiful nectar in March, southern California
Rancho Soledad Nursery, near San Diego
Nectar. Photo courtesy of Ken Blackford. Copyright Ken Blackford. San Diego, Ca.