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Picture perfect: Our Aloes in flower


Aloes in flower


Above: Coral aloe (Aloe striata). Photo by @outramps-tanniedi, iNaturalist.


The fantastical orange, red, yellow and even pink flowers of the Aloe family can be seen flowering across much of South Africa at the moment.

Our Aloe species are, however, more than just favourite flower sightings in the veld and in gardens during the winter months. They also have a rich history in our country, as many Aloe species were used across cultural groups in South Africa in past centuries for medicinal purposes.

Even today Aloes are used as medication and in cosmetics. Aloe vera in particular has become a well-known marketing name in the beauty industry. Aloe ferox, or bitter aloe, has also been included in many skincare ranges, given the amino acids and minerals found in the aloe sap.


Aloes in flower in South Africa

Our BotSoc members have been out and about across South Africa photographing some of our striking flowering Aloe species. Here are some of our favourite photos, as included in the Botanical Society of South Africa project on iNaturalist.


Fynbos aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘢)
Krantz aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘴)
Snake aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘪)
Coral aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘢)
Cape aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘹)
Uitenhage aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘢)
Karoo aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘺𝘭𝘢)
Branddraai spotted aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘢𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴)
Mitre aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘢)
Soap aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘢)
Cape aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘹)
Christmas aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘪)
Black-thorn aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘢)
Dune aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘪)
𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘪
Candelabra aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘮)
Cooper’s aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪)
Boyle’s grass aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘺𝘭𝘦𝘪)
Krapohl’s aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘬𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘰𝘩𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘢)
Dwarf yellow grass aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘢)
Krantz aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘴)
Gariep aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴)
Saunders’ grass aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘢𝘦)
Rock aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘢)
Yellow barberton grass aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘪)
Spotted aloe (𝘈𝘭𝘰𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘪 𝘷𝘢𝘳. 𝘥𝘢𝘷𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘢)

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