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Cape Aloe

Cape Aloe

Regular price $48.00 USD
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Plant Type: Aloes
Plant Height: 6-9 feet
Spread: 3-5 feet
Flower Color: bright orange-red
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Cape Aloe, scientifically known as Aloe ferox, is a robust and striking succulent native to South Africa. This impressive plant can grow quite tall, reaching heights of 6 to 9 feet, with a spread of about 3 to 5 feet. It forms large, dense rosettes of thick, fleshy leaves that are green to blue-green in color. The leaves are characterized by their reddish-brown spines along the margins and sometimes on the leaf surfaces.

Aloe ferox is well-known for its medicinal properties, especially for its gel and sap used in health and skincare products. This aloe is often cultivated for its therapeutic benefits, which are similar to those of Aloe vera but considered to be stronger.

This aloe species prefers full sun to partial shade and thrives in well-drained soils. It's highly drought-tolerant, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping and arid garden settings. Its tolerance for a range of light conditions also makes it suitable for different landscape positions.

One of the most notable features of the Cape Aloe is its spectacular flowering. The plant produces tall spikes of bright orange-red flowers, usually in the winter. These vivid blooms not only add a splash of color to the landscape but also attract pollinators like bees and birds, particularly sunbirds.

Overall, Aloe ferox is a visually stunning and practical plant. Its commanding size, striking foliage, and vibrant floral display make it a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a dramatic and exotic element to their landscapes. Its medicinal properties further add to its appeal, making it a valuable plant for both aesthetic and practical purposes.

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