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 speciosa (speciosa means "showy") is exceptionally common in the south-western and south-eastern Cape in South Africa. It is a beautiful semi-desert Aloe and rewarding to grow as it is quite easy to cultivate.

The perianth of Aloe speciosa changes color from red to whitish green while maturing. The blackish-brown inner parts of the flower add to the striking color variation of the flowers.

The synonyms for Aloe speciosa include Tilt-head Aloe, (Afr: Slaphoringaalwyn, Spaansaalwyn).

The plants hydridize freely with other Aloes when sharing their habitat.

Seedlings form Aloe speciosa are available from Izimakana Industries.

Aloe speciosaAloe speciosa in cultivation.

Aloe speciosa flower

Aloe speciosa flowerAloe speciosa flowers.