I mentioned that I had a red aloe, it was this aloe microstigma that wasn't quite as red as I remembered, it was definitely much more colourful last autumn. In habitat they look amazing.
- Tony R
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Your plant is still very nice, fero but yes, in habitat they are amazing. Here is a photo of a small A. microstigma I took in the Western Cape SA some years ago.
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Now I just need to plant mine in a nice sunny spot with a dudleya britonii, and it'll send my eyes all funny.
The redening of the aloe must protect it in some way. maybe partly ( just a guess) similar to coloured photo lenses blocking out certain wavelengths of light.
It is truly amazing how these plants can survive and all the adaptations that they have. So much to learn.
Maybe one day I will get to visit, fingers crossed