I am no stranger to blooming cacti and succulents. But this one is a first for me. And in a long winter , this is a welcome show of color .
It is some sort of aloe. Of course the plant had no label when I bought it. And the aloe directly behind it-a more mature one–has never bloomed. That just supports my theory that cacti and succulents love to be crowded–and in fact, need to be to bloom.