Bottlebrush Aloe

Aloe spicata

Aloe spicata (formerly A. sessiliflora. Isn’t it wonderful how botanists rename their grandest discoveries? In this case, I might be persuaded to agree that Aloe spicata is a better stage name (they are stars after all) than the sibilant and decidedly ultra-syllabic original.)

I grew this specimen from seed. It germinates in about one week. The seeds do not require special pretreatment; however, they require heat to germinate and should be kept in a frost free area. This aloe is a USDA zone 10 plant. It grows about five feet tall and blooms in winter.



  1. Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate your time and effort. So you also like growing things. The plant photos are very nice and the macro images allows the viewer to see all of the delicate features of the plant.

    So, are you a botanist, writer, photographer, or all of these rolled into to one.?

    I will be following your blog.


  2. You forgot lepidopterist. But judging by your beautiful and varied posts, you seem to have many colorful interests as well.


  3. Beautiful,
    Thank you for finding my blog so that I could find yours.


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