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Aloe thraskii - Coast Aloe
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 8-10 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Aloe thraskii (Coast Aloe) - An unbranched tree-like succulent that grows to 10 feet with deeply concave (U-shaped in cross section) pale olive-green leaves that have small reddish-brown marginal teeth and are recurved back to the trunk, sometimes even touching the skirt of old, dried leaves around the trunk. This winter-blooming species has flowers on a well-branched inflorescence that can produce 15 to 25 upright broadly-cylindrical erect racemes with yellow flowers that have orange anthers, giving the flower a bicolored look - younger plants may only produce a single inflorescences while older ones can produce multiples. Aloe thraskii is closely related to Aloe excelsa and A. rupestris but is distinguished from both by its strongly recurved leaves. This plant comes from sand dunes along the east coast of South Africa and is best grown in coastal areas. Besides Coast Aloe it is also call Strad or Dune Aloe. This plant named by John Gilbert Baker (1834-1920) in 1880 was named for a Mr Thrask, of whom nothing beside his name is known.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aloe thraskii.
 
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