"San Francisco's mild temperatures and rare winter frost make it possible to grow a great diversity of plants..."
Succulents in the Entry Border
After more than a decade of living in the Bay Area, the wintertime displays
of vividly colorful succulent plants still hold me spellbound.
Visitors to the San Francisco Botanical Garden will find the fan aloe among the
Entry Garden's eye-catching succulent specimens.
Aloe plicatilis - Photo: Joanne Taylor
At the Garden ... the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society's Newsletter:
"Gracing the hills and mountains of Cape Province in South Africa, Aloe plicatilis, or "Fan Aloe," adds drama to our Garden with its fan-like arrangement of fleshy leaves tipped in orange. The species name, "plicatilis," means fan-like, pleated or folding together.
The fans of leaves display in two opposing rows with a spike of scarlet tubular flowers rising from the center
on a tall solitary stem.
Look for Aloe plicatilis in the South Africa Garden and in this month's In Bloom feature,
complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations."