Lemony Lusciousness

|Aloe 'Yellow Torch' rosette profile|

|Aloe 'Yellow Torch' rosette profile|

Two things you should know...The Plant Provocateur is seriously in love with architectural plants AND when it comes to architectural plants, succulents really fit the bill.  Now when it comes to succulents that not only have cool form but also have amazing flowers...Aloes are the tickety-boo (meaning they're supercool succulents.) Their fleshy leaves swirl and swerve out in a rosette formation that makes them as a form so playful, so structural, so cool.  Today's model is Aloe 'Yellow Torch'.  This aloe is believed to be a hybrid of Aloe arborescens.  It starts off as a single rosette that later becomes a shrub of multiple rosettes.  In its shrub form it can get up to 6 feet tall and wide.  But if you don't want that much shrub just keep it cut back to one or a few rosettes and give the leftovers to friends, community gardens, or anyone looking for a low maintenance, easy plant to grow.  The nice thing about Aloe 'Yellow Torch' is that it usually starts blooming in late winter through spring.  So just when you've had enough of the dark days of winter and the sun starts to stay up a little longer as the days roll on, Aloe 'Yellow Torch' blooms with a bright and cheerful magnificence.

|Aloe 'Yellow Torch' floral detail|

|Aloe 'Yellow Torch' floral detail|

When this Aloe blooms it sends up spikes of flower buds that turn into lusciously lemony torches of loveliness.  The Plant Provocateur loves this time of year because in general it's the time that most Aloes set bud and bloom.  When they produce multiple torches it looks like a candelabra of vibrant color.  It's also a way to say spring is on its way.  Aloe 'Yellow Torch' is hardy to 25 degrees fahrenheit or -4 celsius.  It grows in both sun or shade, well-draining soil, has low water needs, and is drought tolerant.  So if you're looking to satisfy a craving for cool succulents, look no further than Aloe 'Yellow Torch' and let it lavish you with lemony lusciousness.