Mr. A.G.Almond's Plant - Is it an Aloes?

by Granville Almond
(Germiston, S.Africa)

Can you identify Mr. Almond's 35 year old plant?

Can you identify Mr. Almond's 35 year old plant?

Been trying to find the correct name for this aloe. We know it has been here in our garden for 35 years at least, and now for the first time, it has sent up the long centre column, with flowers starting to bloom all the way up.

So far, no one has been able to identify this.

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Aug 05, 2016
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Not aloe NEW
by: Anonymous

Looks like the plant that's used to make tequila, not an aloe

May 22, 2013
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aloe
by: justin marwick

Hi that's an agave species and sad news is as soon as it sends out that flower the plant dies, they only ever flower once then die.

Oct 30, 2011
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About your 35 year old plant
by: Ruth Marlene Friesen

Thanks, Mr. Almond, for your question.

From what I can tell in the photo the leaves look flat. Do they have any gel in them at all?

I realize that you have many more types of the aloes family of plants in South Africa than I have ever seen or heard of, but I'm not quite sure it is an aloes.

My aloe vera have shot up a stem like that too, but it was a smooth one and then had a cluster of small yellow flowers at the top. I've seen others that have a cluster of red flowers up at the top. Your stock seems to built up of sections. Perhaps that's a good clue to help in identifying it.

If anyone else knows this plant, and can help to identify it for Mr. Almond, I hope you'll add your comments here as well.

Right now it reminds me of an amaryllis my mom had. It had leaves like that, and usually had big orange lily type flowers on top of a long stock close to Christmas. But it was a house plant.

Let's see if someone else has a better guess! :)

Blessings,
Ruth

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