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Aloe mawii - Khuzi

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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: 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, when the foliage is often entirerly red, 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 webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Aloe mawii.