So what makes this plant special? It colors up dramatically, in fact its common name is sunset aloe. This one’s my oldest, in a (rare for me) combo container on the patio table.
The white spots are an added bonus, unlike the spots on that baby agave to it's right. Those were caused by a powerful hail storm.
This one's in a lot more shade, and as a result it's coloring is rather subtle.
But still gorgeous.
The stats on Aloe dorotheae:
- hardy to USDA Zones 10-11, heat and drought tolerant
- prefers sun to light shade
- forms colonies which can reach 1' tall and 1-2 ' wide, individual plants stay quite small
- native to east Africa (Tanzania)
- blooms in mid to late winter, although I have had summer blooms on 2 of my plants
- this aloe can be difficult to successfully pollinate in cultivation
- most all the plants available in the U.S. are clones of a very small gene pool
So tell us what plant in your garden it is you're enjoying this first week of July...
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