succulent plants

The Exquisite, Elusive Spiral Aloe

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Alan Beverly was fresh out of college and a Peace Corps volunteer when he discovered a plant that became a lifelong passion. Hiking the rugged mountains of Lesotho in central Africa, guided by "friendly, hardy Basotho people" (whose children shrieked with fear when they saw him, their first white man), he "found Aloe polyphylla perched [...]

Succulents That Like Stress

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

If there's a good thing about our too-hot Southern California summers, it's that heat makes certain succulents turn color. A case in point is Aloe nobilis, which in my garden grows in nutrient-poor decomposed granite with minimal water. In winter, the same plant reverts to green. Such "stressed" succulents---which seal moisture in their leaves as [...]