The topic came up when discussing my favourite aloes (or trying to at least narrow the list down). Just in case you are wondering current list stands as:
- Aloe striatula as the hardy aloe with a good flower
- Aloe polyphylla, as it is almost hardy and more interesting than striatula
- Aloe pink blush for the decorative small aloe or aloe suprafoliata for its colour
- Aloe speciosa for probably the best flower
- Aloe hercules for the plant I want to get hold of and representing the tree aloes.
This list changes on a hourly bases but it was in respect to aloe suprafoliata that distichous came up. This is a lovely aloe and exhibits strange behaviour in that it is distichous for the first part of its life, usually until it flowers for the first time, after which it starts to spiral. Many people prefer it in its early form and are sad when it flowers and starts to spiral. I got mine in its mature form so never saw it the distichous form, but I love the spiral and can't understand who wouldn't. The blue colour is not bad either and this one is most definitely on the A list (the lucky plants that get brought inside and displayed over winter).
Almost all aloes start life with distichous growth, which lasts for various lengths of time. Most tend to grow out of it fairly quickly, these first year aloe greatheadii seedlings were all growing more normally the following year.
|Aloe greatheadii var davyana|