Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Aloe Season

Very little is blooming in my garden right now as we are in our coldest month in the Phoenix area. Aloes are the exception, along with Desert Marigold and 'New Gold' Lantana, which flower all year.
Aloe sinkatana

January and February are the months that Aloes begin to send up their flower stalks. These are the first of my Aloes to do just that. I have several more species that will start putting up flower stalks in a few weeks. Aloe flowers last up to two months or longer, depending on the species.


Aloe zebrina


When the flower finally opens on this young Aloe, it will be a red-orange. This is an offset of a larger plant, and the first time for flowers.

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Euphorbia milli

Called Crown of Thorns or Christ Plant, E. milli really looks good this time of year although the flowers are sparser than in spring and early summer.

22 comments:

Gary said...

Quite fascinating to read your blog. Your conditions could not be more opposte ours here in a cold damp UK. Gary

Ashraf shreif said...

yeah Aiyana ,i think our climates is very similar.


very beautiful ...many blooms in this month

Suzanne said...

I always love your photos and comments. These plants are so beautiful. I can't choose a favorite photo this week -- they are all wonderful!

Dee said...

I love the aloe flowers in bloom- they are gorgeous! Mine seems stunted- it started to put up the flower stalk but it just doesn't seem to be moving very quickly.

Mrs Flam said...

I saw some blooming aloe at the st.louis botanical garden over the holiday. I bought a plant labeled aloe a few years ago , it grows well , but i am starting to wonder if its even an aloe. thank you for sharing the beautifull photos.

Claude said...

If aloes bloom here, they do it in the spring, but most don't generally bother...

AMH615 said...

Wow! Your aloe looks beautiful. I saw the largest aloe plants I'd ever seen this summer in Florida. I had no idea they got that big!

Wurzerl said...

Oh yes, it 's the time of the Aloes! I saw a lot of them in the Botanical Garden of Munich.
Dear Aiyana I wish you a Happy New Year!
Have a great time Wurzerl

Jean said...

I've never seen aloe in bloom. I can't wait to see the other varities. Jean

Gardenista said...

I also have never seen an aloe blooming. I doubt my houseplant aloe will ever bloom! I am leaving my frigid subarctic yard for a trip to Arizona in the near future. I can't wait to see the cacti and other plants so new to me! I love reading your blog just for the very different landscape you live in.

Barbara said...

I have two aloes in my dining room. But I didn't know how the flower would look like, as up to now I never saw this plant blooming.It is quite a nice yellow flower :-) !! Do you use this plant for a first aid when having a burning wound? It is said, that one should cut a piece of the "leaves" and use the liquid which it absorbs.
Barbara

Lancashire rose said...

I love that yellow flower on the Aloe barbardensis. Much prettier than the zebrinis which is the one I have. However, mine is a long way off flowering. I sit planted in a sunny spot?

cath said...

Hi,

Not sure if my last message went through... anyway, I visit your blog off and on because we share similar backgrounds and interest. You may want to check out this link to see if your id of the yellow blooming aloe in your post is correct...
Aloe_barbadensis
http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Aloe_barbadensis.html

Cheers,
Cathy

Aiyana said...

I occasionally use the aloe gel for skin irritations, but find it hard to break off a leaf!

Aloe doesn't readily send up flower stalks if kept indoors, so many folks who keep them have no idea they bloom yearly.

Cath,
I think my Aloe barbadensis is probably a hybrid, as I mentioned in a separate email to you.

Thanks for all the comments!
Aiyana

Lythrum said...

I love seeing the pictures in your garden. I hadn't ever seen an aloe bloom before. :)

Garden Wise Guy said...

There are a half-dozen Aloe striata I had planted in front, just starting to push their buds out from the rosette of leaves. I get all giddy with the flowers bloom and the sun hits the coral leaf margin.

Simple guy, simple needs.

WiseAcre said...

Whoo Hoo - you finally posted something I'm familiar with. The Crown of Thorns was an old favorite that used to adorn our windowsill in the old house :)

jodi said...

I have an aloe in bloom too! Mind you, mine is inside...I'd dearly love to visit Arizona one day, I'm longing to be there when the wildflowers bloom, but following your blog is a pretty good substitute for actually being there!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Aiyana, you may not believe this, but I've never seen an aloe bloom. Thank you so much for sharing this.~~Dee

Rose said...

I've never seen aloes blooming before. They're lovely! And the euphorbia blooms would be more than welcome in my ice-covered garden this time of year:)

Rose said...

After I hit "publish" I noticed your cactus photo in the header. I saw one just like this at the Botanical Gardens in December and included it in a post today about my visit there. Is it a special kind of prickly pear? I neglected to make a note of what variety it was. I love the berry-like blooms.

My Budgies of the fictional town of Budgewoi said...

love the aloe flower - haven't seen one bloom yet here. Some people are allergic to the aloe juice (rashes) so be careful.
Bud.