Aloe ferox

A single-stemmed succulent plant with bright orange-red flowers.
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AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 2m x 1m
MAXIMUM HEIGHT: 5m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

An attractive, single-stemmed aloe with thick rosettes of thorny succulent leaves and tall stunning spikes of tubular orange-red flowers that are carried on showy flowerheads.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Aloe ferox is rich in nectar and attracts bees, sunbirds, mousebirds and barbets.
The dry leaves on the lower parts of the stem often provide homes for small insects. These in turn, attract insectivorous birds and lizards who feast on them.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Occurs in a variety of habitats from mountain slopes, rocky places and flat open areas.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
This aloe species is remarkably adapted to tolerate and flourish in extremely dry areas of the Karoo as well as wetter climates in the Eastern Cape, so it is best to grow it in a garden low-moderate water application.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, formal, grassland, rockery, succulent

LANDSCAPING USES:
A magnificent focal plant to add to a rockery.
This makes an attractive plant for a water-wise garden.

FLOWERS:
The inflorescence is branched into 5-12 erect racemes. The flowers are usually bright orange-red, but can also be found in bright red, yellow, and white forms.
FOLIAGE:
The leaves are broad, dull green to grey-green and turn red from the tips in drought conditions. They form the typical aloe rosette form, with dry leaves persistent on the lower parts of the stem.
SPINES:
The leaves bear dark brown spines along their edges and sometimes on their upper and lower surface of the leaves.

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