Aloe claviflora (Cannon Aloe) - A low growing aloe that forms a dense cluster of stemless rosettes under 1 foot tall and eventually in a circular or semi-circular arrangement, with rosettes of 8-inch-long pale gray green firm rough textured leaves facing outward with sharp brown spines along the margins and on the underside of the leaves. In late winter into spring (February-March) appear the foot long usually unbranched racemes angled horizontally from the side of the plant with a dense arrangement of lighter tipped bright red flower buds and flowers that have yellow exerted stamens and as the flowers age and dry they turn near white, giving the inflorescences an attractive bicolored appearance.
Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and water sparingly. Hardy to around 20° F so long as soil is not overly wet. It is an attractive and interesting smaller aloe that is great along the edge of the pathway or planted among low rocks. It is considered easy to cultivated so long as it is grown in a sunny spot and not overwatered and can be easily transplanted and grows well in containers.
Aloe claviflora is widely distributed in the dry interior of South Africa. The name Aloe comes from ancient Greek name aloe that was derived from the Arabian word 'alloch' that was used to describe the plant or its juice that was used as medicine and the specific epithet means "club-shaped" in reference to the shape of the flowers. The common name Canon Aloe, from kanonaalwyn in Afrikaans, is a reference to the angle and shape of the inflorescence that resembles an aiming canon and another common name is Kraal Aloe from kraalaalwyn in Afrikaans, from the shape of older plants that are open in the middle surrounded by plants is a round circular shape like a cattle corral that is called a kraal in Afica.
Our plants are grown from seed received from Brian Kemble in June 2022. The pictures on this webpage were taken by us in the garden of past Cactus and Succulent Society of America Journal editor Tim Harvey.
Information about Aloe claviflora displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.