Fan Aloe: Autumn Flower Spike

My fan aloe has a flower spike that looks rather modest in the autumn, compared to its warm season presentation, but still quite lovely.  As these photos show, you can’t judge a book by its cover! From a shy, understated beauty, this flower spike becomes an audacious diva come spring and summer.

I am keeping this plant in a 5-gallon container for now, but am contemplating planting it directly in the ground next year, as most of my succulents have already left their comfortable container “nests.”

What I really love about my small collection of succulents is that, when mature, most have produced out-of-this-world beautiful flower spikes. They seem rather sedate plants throughout many months of the year, then totally dazzle with the flower spikes. Amazing!


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