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Aloe ferox - Cape 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: 6-8 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe ferox (Cape Aloe) - A tall single-stemmed aloe to 6 to 9+ feet tall with a rosette of dull blue-green 2-3 foot long leaves. The leaf edges, and leaf surface on young plants, are adorned with reddish spines and the older leaves dry as a "petticoat" on the stem. In late fall to mid-winter appear the dark orange flowers with inner white petals that are held above the foliage in a large upright candelabra-like inflorescence with 5 to 8 branches. Plant in full sun and irrigate little to regularly - plants are known to tolerate very dry conditions but look best with occasion irrigation. The foliage on this plant is hardy to at least 20 F but the winter flowers can be damaged at 24 F. This plant makes a beautiful and dramatic specimen for the garden and is great for attracting nectar-feeding birds. This species has a wide distribution throughout the Cape Region of South Africa and occupies a wide range of habitats. Aloe ferox is nearly as famous as Aloe vera for its medicinal qualities - in parts of South Africa, the bitter yellow juice found just below the skin has been harvested for centuries for its laxative properties, the treatment of arthritis, for its healing properties and for use in cosmetics. Other common names are Red Aloe and Bitter Aloe. The specific epithet 'ferox' means "fierce" or "war-like" in reference to the spiny-edged leaves. Our plants grown from seed purchased d from B&T World Seeds in Aigues-Vives, France.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe ferox.
 
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