color of Aloe vera flowers

albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)November 18, 2012

A Google image search for Aloe vera flowers pulls up mostly red flowers but occasionally yellow flowers. The Wikipedia article on Aloe vera shows a yellow flower. I have one with yellow flowers. I can imagine variety differences, labeling errors, environmental factors.

Why are some pictures of "Aloe vera" flowers show red and some yellow?

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I think the more common color is red. I believe some species of Aloe produce yellow flowers.


    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 3:05PM
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According the Definitive Guide for Aloes, Aloe vera only comes in yellow flowers and all red-flowering plants are actually one of several other very similar species (which would also explain why so many Aloe veras are thin, spotted and weedy looking while the 'true' plants are large, robust and pale in coloration without any spots).

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 4:39PM
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Hmm... I was under the impression red was more common. You learn something new everyday, thanks for sharing. :)


    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 5:36PM
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Yellow is the only color I have encountered, and they are not very floriferous. Some people think there is only one Aloe, the Aloe vera, and some people confuse the hybrid (sometimes called Aloe vera) with the species.

The low growing soft plant with spots is the hybrid, sometimes called Chinese Aloe. This is probably the most commonly encountered Aloe in the world. The juice from the small soft leaves can be used to cool burns. The species described as Aloe vera is a larger plant with teeth that can rip you up. The clump in Baltimore at the Rawlings Conservatory covers an area about 3ft X 3ft and produces several flower stalks every year, but there are many more plants than there are flowers.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 6:42PM
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Here in southern California Aloe vera is one of the few species of Aloe the bloom every single month of the year... or at least one can always find one in bloom... the same plant will not bloom that often normally, but most individual plants, if put in enough sun, bloom at least 3-5 times in a year.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:57AM
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