Aloe helenae

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Aloe helenae

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Nice tree aloe from Madagascar, still quite rare in cultivation and one frequently sought after. Though this is a solitary tree aloe, somehow 'suckers' of it are often sold off (I have one)... so obviously it does sucker sometimes. Looks a look like many of the other tree aloes- solitary stemmed with retained leaves, long, deeply channeled leaves... but flowers unique... very short stalked, multiple-branched inflorescence with densely flowered, columnar, short racemes of bright red flowers turning to yellow as they open, giving them the appearance of a bottle brush.. Have never seen one flower in person.
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Re: Aloe helenae

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Aloe helenae in Reunion Island.

Pictures 1 and 2: flower hatched in August, in the middle of the austral «winter», 600 m of altitude (temperature never lower than 10 °C)

Picture 3: the whole plant (height = more than 2 meters) with its 'suckers' at the base of the trunk.

Picture 4: 'suckers' taken and potted. The color is due to weather conditions: strong sun at the zenith, prolonged drought. As soon as the rains return, the leaves turn green.

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thanks for the great photos!!
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Great plants, what substrate are you using?

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