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Aloe mawii - Khuzi

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (Aloes)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aloe mawii (Khuzi) Small tree-like aloe to 6 feet tall, unbranched or sparsely branched with a dense rosettes of 2 foot long red tinged grey-green leaves that are 3 to 4 inches at the base and tapper to recurved narrowed tips with reddish margins and orange-brown teeth. In mid winter (January-February) in Southern California appear the long inflorescences arching outward with reddish orange flowers held horizontally facing upward on one side of the stem (secund) with exerted blue-purple stamens tipped with orange anthers - quite attractive and unusual! Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Cold hardy to around 25 F. This plant is native to the Zomba Plateau in Malawi, Mozambique and into southern Tanzania where it grows on grassy rocky slopes at altitudes between 1,800 and 6,000 feet. The specific epithet honors Captain A.H. Maw, on whose property in Malawi the type specimen was collected. Common names include Chinthembwe (Nyanja, Tumbuka), Khuzi (Ngoni) and lichongwe (Yao). Our plants originated from stock received as Aloe mawii IAS12-019c from the Institute of Aloe Studies (IAS) in 2012. John Miller of IAS told us that his stock plant, which in 2016 had a 3 to 4 foot tall trunk branching with 5 heads, was originally purchased from Exotica Nursery in Germany.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Aloe mawii.