I’m terrible with aloe names. So many unnamed and/or forgotten hybrids brought home from plant shows. But there’s one aloe I’ve recently acquired whose identity I’m betting will be unforgettable. And it happens to be in bloom, so let’s have a look, shall we?
Easy to remember because, first of all, it’s not a hybrid, so there’s just two words to its name. Elegantly simple binomial nomenclature at work. Aloe scobinifolia, a stemless aloe from Somalia (aka Somalian Aloe)
Inflorescence in a capitate arrangement
(“capitate: of an inflorescence, with the flowers unstalked and aggregated into a dense cluster..”)
Memorable also for the pale, almost albino quality to the leaves. Doubly so because the leaves are smooth, spineless.
I love this blonde-on-blonde look with the variegated St. Augustine grass. In rainier times, I wouldn’t presume to keeping this rambunctious spreader under control.
Long-legged in bloom, about 2 and half feet
the Somalian Aloe, I have just two more words for you: simply unforgettable.