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Aloe thraskii - Coast Aloe
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
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 information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe thraskii.
 
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