Common Name: Aloe
Features/Uses: The over 500 species of aloes generally have showy red, orange, or yellow flower spikes. These nectar-filled blooms are attractive to hummingbirds. Although most species bloom in the winter and early spring others bloom in the summer and fall. The species range from small plants to large shrubs and even a few large trees. They can be used in wide range of landscape purposes as specimens to background plants and screens. Aloe vera is by far the most widely known species. Its sap is used to treat burns and sunburns and is utilized in commercial lotions, shampoos, etc. With attractive yellow blooms it can be planted in most landscapes for both its beauty and as handy source of first aid. A number of new hybrids have been developed in recent years. Some are diminutive for small containers while others are landscape-sized with long bloom periods over several months. Some of our favorites have names like Eric the Red, Moonglow, and Super Red.
Growth habit: Range from groundcovers and small container plants to trees
Bloom Time: Although late winter is peak season aloes bloom in the Garden during most months of the year.
Cultural Requirements: These are easy to grow landscape plants in our area. Most prefer full sun, but many grow well in part or light shade. They prefer well-drained soils. They are drought tolerant, but will grow faster and look better with some additional watering, especially in hotter weather.
Where in the Garden: Old World Desert Garden, South African Garden, Undersea Succulent Garden, Succulent Display Garden, Hamilton Children’s Garden
Photos: Rachel Cobb