Aloetastic Berkeley

Aloe freakout

It had been over a year since we last checked out UC Botanical Gardens Berkeley, so we decided to  go cross a bridge to take a look recently. The Aloes were looking fine, along with a slew of other South African natives that get their freak on this time of the year. I’m not even sure which Aloe this one is. Anyone know? One of my favorite things about this garden is how well marked all the plants are, but in my plant gawking giddiness I must have forgotten to take a pic of the tag.

Aloe marlothii

This was the first time I’d ever seen this Aloe all grown up and flowering in real life. Love the orangey gold blooms. We’ve got a itty bitty baby version out back. It’s been a slow poke in the growing department.

Aloe abyssinica

I’d never even heard of Aloe abyssinica before. It’s frolicking with the some purple Babianas.


Aloe speciosa

I’m a big fan of Aloe speciosa even when it’s not in bloom, but dang those flowers are cool.

Aloe castanea

Aloe capitata var quartziticola

This is my new favorite Aloe I never knew existed. The floopy flowers are just too cute.

Aloe capitata var quartziticola

Aloe species

One last Aloe thats tag listed it as “Aloe sp.” looks like A. ferox but without a positive identification tag I’m not going to assume. If you’re an Aloe aficionado this is a great time to go check them out, plus tons of cool South African bulbs are starting to do their thing right now, too. There were Ferrarias going nuts all over the place.

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