Aloes are the flagship plants of Africa, vividly defining the landscapes in which they occur. In garden settings, these stately succulent plants capture the allure of the African savanna and serve as excellent focus plants around which other indigenous plants can be successfully grouped.
Aloes in Southern Africa explores the character and biology of African aloes, describing their habits, characteristic features and distribution in nature. It also details 58 aloe and related species across several vegetation zones. Aloe cultivation and propagation is discussed too, providing insight into optimum growing conditions, gardening styles and plants that flourish in different regions.
A feature on medicinal, cosmetic and culinary uses reveals the special properties of these intriguing plants. Whether you are starting a garden, redeveloping one or simply looking to expand your knowledge of these fascinating succulents, Aloes in Southern Africa will prove an invaluable guide.
|Publisher:||Random House Struik|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
BRAAM VAN WYK, a graduate of the Universities of Potchefstroom and Pretoria, is a plant taxonomist by training, with a wide interest in the classification of the rich southern African flora. Among his more popular works are Field Guide to Wild Flowers of the Highveld, Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa, A Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa and How to Identify Trees in Southern Africa.
Table of Contents
Aloes and their kin 6
Introducing aloes 7
The family Aloaceae and its genera 15
Understanding aloes 29
Aloes and extreme environments 45
Aloes by habitat 54
Desert and semi-desert 57
Fynbos (Cape shrublands) 63
Thicket (valley bushveld) 67
Tropical, subtropical and Afromontane forests 73
Grasslands of the Highveld and central interior 76
Savanna (bushveld) 83
Non-discriminating aloe species 96
Gardening with aloes 102
General principles for growing aloes 105
Aloes and gardening styles 111
Growing aloes in containers 115
Growing and propagating aloes 119
Uses of aloes 126