Notices for Users of the Albums

1. New Albums and some changes


The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Paranomus, Hoodia and Hesperantha. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site have been moved from the more general Albums called Shrubs, Succulents and Bulbs into their own new Albums under Genera. 


There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 160 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.


In order to access all items on a plant of interest, the Search Box should be used, entering the botanical name of the plant. Most photos and stories on a particular plant are likely to be posted under Genera, (or if there are only few of them, in the conglomerate categories under Types). Habitat, Regions or Parks and Gardens may also contain some material on a species searched for, showing in the list generated when using the Search Box. The latest Regions Album is the one on the Langkloof. A new Parks and Gardens Album for the Caledon Wildflower Garden has also been created from existing material.


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Aloe fosteri

Botanical name

Aloe fosteri

Other names






Description of stem

Rosettes on the ground as this aloe is stemless; some older plants have a short stem

Description of leaves

Dark green with variation from grey to bluish; the leaves tend to become red in the dry winter with the tips dry; in summer they grow fuller to a 1 m wide rosette; teeth occur only on the edges; spots on the upper surface are H-shaped and may be accomanied by lines from the base to the apex; the lines also occur on the lower surface, but no spots and the colour here is light green

Description of flowers

The flower is one of the biggest and most striking among the spotted aloe species, often taller than 1,5 m; the panicle branches repeatedly to yield up to about 50 racemes; flower colours range from yellow, orange and several shades of red

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots



Flower colours

Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily from seed or transplantation




Popular as a garden plant due to the spectacular flowers

Ecological rarity

Not threatened

Pests and diseases





In grassveld and bush on hills and plains, summer rainfall area

Distribution (SA provinces)

Mpumalanga, Limpopo


South Africa



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