Aloe Flowers in July

Aloe is a genus containing over 560 species of flowering succulent plants. The most widely known species is Aloe vera, or “true aloe”. It is called this because it is cultivated as the standard source for assorted pharmaceutical purposes. Aloe plants are tropical and originally from southern Africa. Their flower clusters are tubular-shaped and come in many colors.

In my backyard, I have lots of Aloe plants. I have a few Aloe Vera plants which stay small and do not flower, and another type with nasty thorns. I have not identified which thorny species I have, but it blooms every July. Their flowers are a lighter color than the deep orange or orange-red of most aloe flowers. It is more a coral with a showing of blue-green on the tubular flower. (A visitor using an app has identified it as Aloe Maculata.)

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

28 thoughts to “Aloe Flowers in July”

  1. Carol – I don’t think I have ever seen an Aloe plant in flower. How cool! Have you ever used your fresh Aloe on a burn? Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

    1. I don’t know that potted aloe blooms. You could put the pot outside in the spring and bring it in during the fall. Be prepared for growth. Being tropical it loves heat and sun.

  2. I used to always have a pot of this in my house but haven’t in years. I really should get a plant. It’s so good for minor burns! Love the pretty blooms too.

    1. Get a baby (if you lived closer, I’d say come on over). Plant it outside and grow aloe. Since you’re a little further north, you could keep it in a large pot or plant by the house. You will need to protect it I think during a freeze.

  3. Nice post, I have never seen the thorny aloe that blooms. When I was growing up, my parents owned a dry-cleaning business and always kept aloe growing in the windows and used it for burns. There were always lots of burns in their type of business.

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