This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Aloe aristata is a small Aloe that occurs widespread (although rather uncommon ) in South Africa, and is found in the central and Eastern Cape Province, Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal . When not in flower the plants resemble some members of the genus Haworthia.

Similar to  Aloe variegata , Aloe aristata makes a good rockery plant and is relatively easy to grow .

The propagation is from seed or the removal of suckers.

Aloe aristata
Aloe aristata in cultivation.

Plants flowering in habitat in the Great Karoo.

Synonym: Serelei (The slippery one)