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 aristata



Botanical name

Aloe aristata

Other names





A small stemless aloe appearing in dense clusters, resembling some haworthia species; when in bloom over 40cm and the rosette about 12 cm high

Description of stem


Description of leaves

Triangular green to dark green leaves tapering to tiny soft white spines; both leaf surfaces covered in globular white spots sometimes with small spines; finely toothed leaf edges

Description of flowers

The red or pink pendulous perianths have notable basal swellings; the inflorescence consists of a couple of branched racemes per rosette, appearing in November and December

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots




Propagation and cultivation

Multiplies from suckers, transplants easily, semi-shade or full sun


Cold resistant; copes with drought, but looks good when sufficiently watered


Generally available as a garden plant

Ecological rarity

Common, not threatened

Pests and diseases





Arid, rocky karoo veld as well as open grassland, sandy soil

Distribution (SA provinces)

Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State


South Africa, Lesotho


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