Sunday, February 8, 2009

torch aloe ~ 02/08/09 ~ Shoreline Park

torch aloe / krantz aloe
Aloe arborescens
Asphodelaceae (now included under Xanthorrhoeaceae)

This is a common plant along the PG rec trail. A group of volunteers are working on removing these massive plants. The flower looks superficially like a torch lily, but this is a succulent (Aloe genus).

ps 01/18/10 - These have been blooming along the rec trail at least since December.

pss 02/05/11 - I originally posted this as NOT red hot poker. For a much better picture, check out my latest post.

1 comment:

Jeannette said...

Well I am enjoying looking at the plants and critters you want to identify, but I am not being very helpful. We call these aloe blobs...becuase once they get going they go crzy...get tall thick and lean into any space they are given...
I know that they aren't the aloe that is used medicinally.