Torch Aloe, Candelabra Plant
Cacti and succulents, Shrubs
Primarily South African natives, the aloes range from 6-in. miniatures to trees; all form clumps of fleshy, pointed leaves and bear branched or unbranched clusters of orange, yellow, cream, or red flowers. Different species bloom every month; biggest show comes from midwinter through summer. Leaves may be green or gray green, often strikingly banded or streaked with contrasting colors.
Showy and easy to grow in well-drained soil in reasonably frost-free areas; need little water but can take more. Except as noted, give full sun in cooler climates, light shade in hotter regions. Where winters are too cold for all-year outdoor culture, grow in pots and shelter from frosts. Most kinds make outstanding container plants. Highly valued as ornamentals, in the ground or in pots.
Forms a large, rounded shrub, to 10 ft. tall and wide. Branching stems carry big clumps of gray-green, spiny-edged leaves. Vermillion (occasionally yellow) winter flowers are held above foliage in spiky clusters. Withstands salt spray. Tolerates shade. Foliage damaged at 27°F/–3°C, but plants have survived 17°F/–8°C. There is also a variegated form.
Seedless grapefruit with red tinted flesh. Red internal color fades to pink, then buff.
Clustering rosettes of narrow, fleshy, stiffly upright leaves to 1–2 ft. long. Yellow flowers in...
Trees grow to 10–12 ft. tall with large, glossy green leaves and large (5-in.), sweet-tart, yell...