Monday, November 30, 2009

Today's Flowers - Aloe

Aloe is one of the easiest plants to grow in my desert garden.

They're one of the few ornamental plants that javelinas (wild pig-like animals) won't munch on.

These succulents thrive during drought, though the leaf tips often dry out and curl.

There are hundreds of species of Aloe, most are native to Africa. The ones in my yard are sometimes referred to as Aloe vera, but I'm not sure if they are.

No matter what they're called, hummingbirds love them.


To see more flowers from around the world, visit Today's Flowers hosted by:Luiz Santilli, Denise Gullickson, Laerte Pupo and Valkyrien.

19 comments:

Stine in Ontario said...

I have grown aloe in my kitchen but never, never knew it has a flower! And such a pretty colour, too.

cieldequimper said...

I didn't even know what aloe looked like until now. I'm used to having it in creams, lol! The photo of the hummingbird is gorgeous!

Icy BC said...

That's beautiful flowers! The photo with the bird is exceptional.

Blessing Reflections said...

Sorry about the previous comment, I made a boo boo in spelling.

Beautiful flowers and color!

storyteller said...

Beautiful Ruby blossoms! I don't know that I've ever seen Aloe in bloom so thanks for sharing. Those last photos with the hummingbird are WONDERFUL. Thanks for dropping by Small Reflections earlier ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Evelyn Howard said...

Hi Diane
Lovely to have flowers on the Aloe. Wish a hummingbird would visit mine :)

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

I used to plant aloevera. Now? Lost interest in it. But i know aloevera has some medicinal value.

jeannette stgermain said...

that hummingbird pic is so cute- Aloe Vera - handy to have around , if you have a burn on your skin!

J Bar said...

Beautiful.
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Martha Z said...

I love to see the hummers visiting their natural food. I think it must be better for them than what is in the feeders.

ellen said...

simply unique!

Gaelyn said...

A beautiful plant, I like to have aloe around for burns and to reduce bruising.
Love the captures of the hummers.

Loree said...

Pretty flowers. Aloes thrive really well here too. We have one in our yard.

Gunilla said...

Interesting plant. Aloe.
Thanks for sharing and for visiting me too

Have a nice day
Gunilla in Sweden

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

WO! I had never seen Aloe Flowers before!!

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Prospero said...

Hi Diane. I don't think that that's Aloe vera. As you say, there are hundreds of Aloes. I've grown many from seed. The tree Aloes are really nice.

rainfield61 said...

The two pictures with hummingbird are my favorite. You are so good to have captured it.

Denise said...

Wonderful photos. It's a lovely plant and such a pretty bloom. Loved the one with the hummingbird also. Thanks for sharing.

Ayie said...

hummingbirds are so fun to see, you are such a good photographer because it's hard to keep a steady of those tint flutters