Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ABC Wednesday - Torch Aloe

ABC Wednesday - Torch Aloe
Aloe arborescens
(AL-oh) (ar-bo-RES-senz)
Synonyms: Tree Aloe, Mountain Bush Aloe, Krantz Aloe, Aloe candelabra, A. milleri, A. natalensis, A. viridifolia

If you are here for Wordless Wednesday scroll down to the next post, please.

Since it is not very tropical outside I thought I would feature a tropical plant. This picture is from my trip to the New York Botanical Garden last week and just as last year when I went at this time the Tree Aloe was in full bloom. The NYBG has quite a collection of Cactus and Succulents and there are two rooms devoted to those types of plants in the Conservatory. It is always fun to visit the wetter areas and then walk through the long tunnel to the dry collection. After that comes the Special Collection area, which always has some interesting flowers.

Aloes need a sunny position in the garden, if you are lucky enough to be able to grow them outdoors. You probably wouldn’t want to grow this species indoors as it can get to 6 to 8 feet tall but there are 400 other species to choose from and many do make nice, slow-growing houseplants. My Aloe plants at work have never flowered so I am probably not the best person to get advice from on cultivation.


This is a yellow form of Aloe that I found growing in the Florida Keys. This one was located in someone’s landscaping on Sugarloaf Key and was a delight to see. The red one is from Big Pine Key.


I was scanning some pictures the other day and came across this ‘A’. I have been to Alaska four times and loved its rugged beauty each time. We took this train from Anchorage to Seward for a day trip.


I am again proudly participating in ABC Wednesday. It is getting harder and harder to come up with botanical images this time of year and I may have to rely on the archives more than I would like. I figure we should be getting into the season with some new images around ‘H’ or ‘I’.


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24 comments:

kml said...

I didn't realize that aloes even flowered. They are beautiful!

RuneE said...

Second aloe today - but totally different from the other. Very nice.

Alaska - almost like home :-)

Jean M Fogle said...

Once again , nice shots of plants!

Nessa said...

Spectacular. My first blooming aloe looked like your third picture.

Holly Schwendiman said...

Oh how I love visiting your blog and seeing all your beautiful flowers and photos. You capture it all so beautifully!

Hugs,
Holly

dot said...

Your pictures are beautiful and especially the train!

Anna said...

These are really cool photographs. I love the Alaska train picture. Very good lighting. Anna :)

Ida said...

Great A post!
Lovely photos of the flowers! I`ve been looking at some of your pictures now. You have got a beautiful blog!!! :)))

I`m new in the ABC Wednesday.

Paulie said...

Your photos are old you say? Might they be antics? Another A word. . . lol

I loved viewing your Aloe plants -- beautiful in bloom! The Alaska train is also nice.

photowannabe said...

I didn't realize that torches were in the Aloe family. This is a great post for ABC Wednesday.

happyone said...

Those Aloe are beautiful - I love the red one.
I didn't even know they came so many varieties.

DarylE said...

More amazing flowering aloes .. I had no idea .. wonderful photos!

Peter M said...

As ever, superb, lovely colours and pretty sexy flowers, our last port of call was Anchorage on our trip last year

Dragonstar said...

Spectacular flowers, I've never seen them!

AVCR8TEUR said...

I've seen the orange colored aloe plant before, but I didn't know what it was called. And now I know. I've been to Alaska a few times, but never had a chance to go up that far north.

Sandy Kessler said...

what powerful color - camera>>??

sarala said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Nice work.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful

Andrea said...

My grandson loves the train picture.

bonnie said...

beautiful flower pictures.

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Beatiful Choices for A.

Have a Blessed Happy
Creative Fun Year!!!

Katney said...

I am new to ABC Wednesday and also have a floral offering. Your aloes are lovely.

Max-e said...

Nice post. Aloes are very common in the Eastern Cape and I am waiting for them to flower later on in the year. There are areas where they grow in great profusion. I have a label "aloes" which is of a field of aloes.

Sheilalu said...

Oh, i love your photos! I'll be coming here again...