While there are aloes that bloom in the summer, I associate their flowers with winter. Our climate is mild enough to allow us to grow a wide variety of aloes outside. The most common winter bloomer in our area is the soap aloe (Aloe maculata) but the first one to bloom in our garden is the Cape speckled aloe (Aloe microstigma). I bought our specimen years ago at a UC Davis Arboretum plant sale and it’s been thriving in the ground ever since.
This year’s flower stalk is getting taller every day, but it hasn’t quite opened up yet.
At a time of year when so many plants are going dormant, it’s wonderful to see others—like aloes and aeoniums—waking up from their summer sleep to provide much needed texture and color during the drab months of the year.