|Aloinopsis spathulata picture taken September 30, 2007|
We had been driving for many hours across the high Plateau from Calvinia to Sutherland. We found this msemb in only one spot about 10 km north and west of Sutherland. Notice the clay soil it's growing in in nature. Although this was high spring, there was not a lot of bloom anywhere on the plateau. But the Aloinopsis blazed and could be seen by the passing bus! Which is how we found it!
|Picture taken April 20, 2016|
An old picture scanned--from my old garden...
The one above and below are at Denver Botanic Gardens
And here are a medley of hybrids that we grew from Bill Adams of Sunscapes Nursery: bill began the trend of hybridizing various mesembs to produce astonishing range of colors: a number of other hybridizers have begun crossing plants in the Aloinopsis, Nananthus and Rabiea group, producing some truly spectacular color ranges--but that's really another story. But a story that began with Aloinopsis spathulata, a wonderful pachydermous little gem of the karoo!
Various hybrids of Aloinopsis spathulata and Nananthus spp. at Denver Botanic Gardens South African Plaza.