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 castanea is found from Witbank northwards to Lydenburg in Mpumalanga and Pietersburg in the Northern Province. The Aloes become tree-like with age with several spreading branches.

The brownish-orange flowers appear in June to August. The inflorescences that spread in different directions have an untidy appearance , hence the common name Cat's-tail Aloe. This is a distinctive feature not shared by other Aloes. Additionally the brown nectar produced by the flowers is quite uncommon.

Aloe castanea is an easy plant to cultivate and can withstand frost and heat.

Aloe castanea, a large adult plant in the Karoo Botanical garden.

Aloe castanea younger plants in full flower.

Aloe castanea flowers. The brown nectar is easily visible.