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1. New Albums and some changes


The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Tritoniopsis, Melianthus and Metalasia. 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 Bulbs and Shrubs 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.


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Aloe pictifolia

Botanical name

Aloe pictifolia

Other names

Kouga aloe




A dwarf aloe with up to seven small rosettes from one stem; about 35 cm in height including the inflorescence

Description of stem

Curved, creeping or hanging, depending of the position among the rocks or cliff

Description of leaves

Variable but grey-green in well-watered conditions, pink in dry conditions or in harsh sun; the densely spotted leaves on both surfaces are long (up to 15 cm) and narrow (2,5 cm at the base), but thick (front to back); small reddish teeth occur on the edges only; the leaves recurve, but often in varying ways on the same rosette, with some curving inward and a few sideways; the leaf tip is sharp

Description of flowers

Single raceme with erect flowers, conical, dull-red perianths only about 1,5 cm in length; flowering in winter to spring, sometimes out of season; pollinated by sunbirds

Desciption of seed/fruit

Capsules 1,5 cm in length, seeds angular and dark

Description of roots




Propagation and cultivation

Easy to grow from seeds or offsets, suitable as a container plant


Copes with cold, possibly with some drought


Currently gaining as a garden plant

Ecological rarity

Not threatened, but the natural habitat is not large

Pests and diseases



Pictifolia means 'painted leaves'


Rocky, quartzite cliffs and outcrops of the Kouga mountains

Distribution (SA provinces)

Eastern Cape


South Africa



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