Is it an aloe?

A friend gave me these two plants recently. At the same time she lent me a book on aloes so I read up on these new additions to my collections. Interestingly, one is a dwarf aloe while the other is not an aloe at all but an ‘aloe-like’ plant. Can you guess which is aloe?



6 Responses to Is it an aloe?

  1. Matt Allison March 4, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    The one on the left is the Aloe, Aloe Aristata, on the right is a Haworthia.

  2. Niall March 4, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    yip, good work Matt. you obviously know your succulents.

    and cool blog. Last time we were in Stellenbosch we tried to get in to Babel but it was booked out. It looks great in your pics!

  3. Matt Allison March 4, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Hi Niall,

    Budding aloe fan, I have over 20 species here in my own garden with about as many succulents: gasterias, haworthias, cotyledons, crassulas etc.

    Thanks for the kind words on the blog, Babel was amazing, not just the food, the garden is a wonder!



  4. emme March 4, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    can you explain the difference? i’ve got one of these at home but now i don’t know which one.

  5. Matt Allison March 4, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Aloe Aristata has a wispy fur like substance on the tip of leaves, the Haworthia has a much harder leaf, no fur like substance. It can be hard to tell many of the Haworthia sp. from Aloe and many people confuse them.

  6. emme March 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    okay then mine is a haworthia. no fuzz. thanks for that.

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