Through my view finder…
I see the fine details, starting with a single droplet hanging from the stamen and the softly curled up petals creating its bell-shape. As I focus my lens, I see that there are fine, white pinpoints that decorate the outer petals and notice the wide variety of colors not easily seen from afar. This small vista creates a renewed sense of awe and makes me want to pick up each item around me to take a closer look at the details.
points of interest
Stemless, suckering, forming a dense rosette of lance-shaped, fleshy, dark green leaves, spotted with pale green. Leaf margins are toothed, feeling rough rather than sharp. Terminal racemes of bell-shaped, coral-red flowers appear throughout summer. Spreads indefinitely.
Outdoors, grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. As a houseplant, place in full light, water moderately throughout the year, sparingly during dormancy, and apply balanced liquid fertilizer 2-3x throughout growing period. In poor soil or too strong light, aloe leaves turn red or bronze.
friday’s flower fact
Although Aloe Vera is most well-known, there are over 450 species of Aloe with widely varying characteristics, some a few inches tall, while others can have 60’ trunks.
Botanical Name | Aloe bellatula x jacksonii
Family | Liliaceae
Type | Succulent
Origin | Madagascar
Zone | 13-15
Flower Height | 24”
Flower Diameter | ½”
LA Zoo & Botanical Garden
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