Awesome Aloe for the Southwest

Many landscapes in the Southwest have aloes plunked around in them.  But instead of just plunking something in there – why not have a beautiful flowering aloe to attract hummingbirds?!  Wendy Proud, a representative for Rancho Soledad Nursery, shares one of her favorites in this guest post.

Why settle for this when you could have so much more!

Tangerine Aloe

One of the first to spike (produce a spike of flowers) is the tangerine aloe (Aloe x Tangerine).  This cross between Aloe ferox and Aloe arborescens was shared by the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino California over 25 yrs ago.  Rancho Soledad Nursery has been growing ever since.

Photo courtesy of Rancho Soledad Nursery.

It’s A Big Plant!

The unique growth habit of this upright, clumping aloe is very attractive, pulling the blue coloration and upright form from Aloe ferox to create a handsome specimen reaching 5 feet by  5 feet at maturity.  The tall spires of hot orange flowers rise above the chalky blue succulent leaves in mid-winter just when some hot color is needed!

Tangerine aloe in the landscape, photo courtesy of Rancho Soledad Nursery.

Tangerine Aloe Care

Low water use and virtually no maintenance for this one and adapting well to both coastal California and warmer inland exposures. However you’re bringing it into the mix, you won’t go wrong with Aloe x Tangerine!  This  flowering succulent gives you lots of pizazz!

Wendy Proud, Rancho Soledad Nursery

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Featured image: Tangerine aloe, photo courtesy of Rancho Soledad Nursery.


2 thoughts on “Awesome Aloe for the Southwest

  1. You advice has been so helpful! I live in the Low Desert (Az Plant Lady is my guru, she knows me well.)
    Where do I find your new book?
    I read all your emails, and thanks again for the advice. 💕

    1. Thanks Alexandra,

      So glad you read my newsletters! I do hope they help. As for “new books” there is a new one every year – so which new one are you looking for?

      ((And I hope to be able them to the website at some point but the tech is very “ech”))

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