My beloved Aloe Vera plant that was old when I inherited her 16 years ago is blooming for the first time. Is it like a Century plant that only blooms once a century? Is it a portent of good tidings or at least of something of rare beauty? I’ve never seen an aloe plant blossom before and it has brought joy and lightness to me. I thought you might like to see the pictures.

This is the beginnings of the bud on February 23, 2012.

Feb 25, 2012 Aloe Vera Bloom






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Mar 16 2012March 16, 2012

The pod-like, tiny trumpet-like blossoms are orange and yellow and have a faintly citrus smell, like what the color orange might smell like. The mature flower is milky sticky. I imagine if this plant were outdoors on a sunny day, a hummingbird might find it an exquisite treat.

Happy Spring to you and may your life blossom with rare beauty, goodness and light.

Many blessings,

Barbara J. Semple

Photos by Barbara J. Semple, Tom Semple.