Back to plants and gardens! There are some 500 species of Aloe which originate from tropical and southern Africa and Madagascar, and have also become naturalized in other regions such as the Mediterranean, North and South America. The best known is Aloe vera, which although probably extinct in the wild is widely grown for pharmaceutical purposes. Aloes are generally succulent and have a rosette of foliage very similar to Agave spp, although some aloes form woody stems making shrubs or small trees.
At this time of the year, here in California, the many species start to flower and some of them can be quite spectacular. I haven't managed to get to the Huntington Gardens yet this spring but here are a few pics from past visits. Apologies that there are a few names missing - do tell me if you recognize them!