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 glauca occurs scattered over a long stretch along the dry western parts of South Africa. The southern limit of its distribution is around Swellendam while the plants are found up to Steinkopf in the north.

"Glauca" is the Latin word for grey referring to the blue-grey leaves of the plants. Local names include "Blouaalwyn" (Translate: Blue aloe)

Aloe glaucaAloe glauca . An attractive form from south of Laingsburg.

The plants vary considerably over their distribution range.

Aloe glaucaAloe glauca from near Citrusdal.

The flower colour varies from pink to pale orange.