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Aloe marlothii - Mountain Aloe
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Height: 8-10 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe marlothii (Mountain Aloe) - Succulent unbranched large aloe that often grows to 10 feet tall with persistent old leaves making a skirt around the trunk. The leaves of the Mountain Aloe are large, of a gray-green color, with reddish-brown spines along the margins and randomly on other parts of the leaf. In late fall to late winter appears the wide-spread branching inflorescence bearing red-orange flowers. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Requires little to no supplemental irrigation in coastal California gardens. Hardy to 20 F. The Mountain Aloe is a wide-ranging species from KwaZulu-Natal into Mocambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana and there is considerable variability in flower color and shape of the inflorescence. Our plants are from seed purchased from Silverhill Seeds in South Afica and are described as the typical form with horizontal inflorescence and dark orange flowers. Other common names often used for the Mountain Aloe include Spiny Aloe, Flat Flowered Aloe and the Africaner names Bergaalwyn and Boomaalwyn. The specific epithet 'marlothii' commemorates the botanist H.W. Rudolf Marloth.  The information about Aloe marlothii displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.