garden succulent

Aloe for ID please

Aloe found in garden, please identify
Aloe found in garden, please identify

I found this Aloe growing on an empty suburban plot in Cape Town. I would like to know which one it is. I was drawn to it by the color that is darker than the usual orange. The opening is a lime green/yellow.

10 replies on “Aloe for ID please”

they look quite similar… any pictures of the leaves, smile? good work on your first blog posts, zelda!

This is the best I can do with the leaves. I think they are pretty clear. The size is difficult to assess without having something to judge scale.The whole rosette of leaves is about 20-25cms in diameter. The bush itself is a scrambling sort of plant.

Many thanks for the ID. I will try to grow from the slip I have. Do you know if there are any Aloe books for Identification purposes? For future reference.

Thanks for the info on the Aloe book.Nothing else to report. Had a very busy time with the Durbanville garden expo. We had a phenominal response. Lots of work and organisation though. I’m now looking for something different at our show. Maybe someone who specialises in an unusual plant. Any ideas for something indiginous that does well in the Cape Peninsula?

Hi Patrick
The sample I photographed looks identical to your photo. I would think it is A. ciliaris

It is definitely Aloe ciliaris. I grew thirteen of them from seed that I collected from an old flower spike in my garden. They germinated so easily. I used a 3:1 mix of plain garden compost and coarse river sand for the base substrate and then scattered the seeds on the surface then just covered them with a thin layer of pure river sand. I got a 100% germination rate! They grow really fast too.

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