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Aloe spicata - Bottle-brush Aloe

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Aloe sessiliflora]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe spicata (Bottle-brush Aloe) Large aloe that grows up on a trunk as a shrub to 4 to 6 feet tall and can be solitary but more often clusters with a few 3 foot wide rosettes of long gracefully-recurved and relatively narrow leaves that gradually taper to a point. These leaves are deeply guttered on the upper surface and are a bright green color attractively infused with orange-pink to red tones, particularly near the margins, which also have small firm teeth. In mid to late winter appear the non-branching 3 foot long spikes, 3 to 5 to a rosette, with densely-packed sessile greenish-yellow colored flowers that appear to be yellow-orange because of the so-colored prominent exserted stamens. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate only occasionally to infrequently (if at all) - the drier it is kept the redder it will be. Hardy to about 25 F. A great large aloe for a hedge or hillside planting. It comes from along steep rocky slopes and cliffs from sea level to 5,600 feet in elevation from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was originally described by Linnaeus in 1781 with the specific epithet referencing its spike-shaped inflorescence with sessile flowers. Other common names include Bullocks Bottle-brush Aloe, Lemombo aloe and Spike-flowered Aloe. The plant later described as Aloe sessiliflora is now considered to be a synonym. Our plants from Jim Rose of Cal-Orchid, who grew it from seed obtained in South Africa.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Aloe spicata.