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.
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.
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.
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.