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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Aloe Marlothii with Icterus cucullatus


People driving down Willow Glen these last few weeks have been treated to a beautiful aloe blooming. 

I don't know the name of it but it has stickers in the pads and a gorgeous flower color.

I want one.

I took a shot of it this morning with my cell phone as I was driving by.

My first shot I was startled to see this male hooded oriole enjoying its nectar.

It's coloration matched the towering spikes perfectly!


I sent a picture to the nice folks at Serra Gardens and got this note back from Beth Newcomer:

Hi Robert!

Don says that has Aloe marlothii in it — but may be a hybrid. We no longer have those available, but you could try Rancho Soledad in Rancho Santa Fe, or Waterwise Botanicals in Bonsall.

Please let them know I referred you.


I am sure that the bird will not be included. Thanks, Beth. I am on the hunt!

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