As my April Bloom Day post was undeniably overblown, I skipped the succulent flowers with the thought of creating a separate post to address them. But I didn't get around to that until now. A few of the photos included here were taken in April but the majority were taken this week.
I'll start with the most floriferous succulent I've ever grown: Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi Verde'.
|The flowers are splashier than those produced by similar-sized succulents|
|These are just two of the clumps of 'Kiwi Verde' currently in flower. They're in flower everywhere I've stuck a cutting in the ground.|
I've only grown 'Kiwi Verde' for a few years but it's exploded with flowers each spring. I've grown its cousin, Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi', for decades. It flowers too but never in the profusion demonstrated by 'Kiwi Verde'.
|The flowers of 'Kiwi' (shown here) and 'Kiwi Verde' are virtually identical but 'Kiwi' forms a tighter mass of smaller rosettes, only a few of which bloom each year. 'Kiwi's' foliage is also more colorful.|
Aeonium arboreum blooms in much the same fashion as 'Kiwi', always producing blooms here and there but never in significant volume. The bloom spikes, like the succulent rosettes of this species, are large.
|I cut and tossed the last of these flowers this week. Like other Aeoniums, the rosettes are monocarpic so cutting off the spikes improves the overall appearance of the succulent clumps.|
A lot of Aloes bloom during the winter months but I've got a couple in bloom now.
|Aloe 'Rooikappie' only grows about a foot tall and its bloom spikes are also relatively small. It flowers off and on year-round, which is unusual in an Aloe.|
|I picked up this Aloe striata x maculata at my local botanic garden in a 4-inch pot in 2018. This is the first time it's flowered.|
|It's gained a small foothold on my back slope too|
|This is Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'. I grow it for the varied and changeable color of its succulent rosettes. Its flowers are attractive but not abundant (at least in my garden).|
|Clockwise from the upper left are flowers of a noID succulent, a noID Crassula, Lampranthus 'Pink Kaboom', Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, and Sedeveria 'Blue Elf'|
|The tiny blooms of Crassula pubescens ssp radicans are just getting started. By mid-June there should be a mass of these flowers crowded around and between the 'Blue Glow' Agaves.|
|The bloom spikes of the Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights' caught me by surprise. Based on comparisons to records from prior years, it appears they're 3-4 weeks ahead of schedule.|
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